Too frequently the homeless find themselves the target of violent crime simply because they are homeless.”
Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Crime and Drugs Subcommittee, will chair a hearing TODAY, Wednesday, September 29 at 10:00AM entitled, “Crimes Against America’s Homeless: Is the Violence Growing?” The hearing will help define who the homeless are in the U.S. today, why they may be targets of bias-related crime, explore the lack of statistics related to crimes against the homeless, and discuss the potential impact of the Hate Crimes Against the Homeless Statistics Act, S. 1765. This will be the first time the United States Senate has ever held a hearing on the topic of violence against the homeless population.
Currently there is no uniform law enforcement reporting on violent acts against homeless persons. While national homeless organizations are tracking these crimes, there is no consistent data on the depth of the problem. Attacks reported range from beatings, death, arson, rape and more. Victims have included men, women, children, veterans and the elderly. A record 43 deaths were reported in 2009. Approximately 3.5 million people a year are likely to experience homelessness in America.
WHAT: “Crimes Against America’s Homeless: Is the Violence Growing?”
Senate Judiciary Crime and Drugs Subcommittee Hearing
WHEN: Wednesday, September 29 at 10:00 AM ET
WHERE: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building
WITNESSES: (order subject to change)
The Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson
United States Representative (TX-30)
Associate Professor, California State University, San Bernardino
San Bernardino, CA
Sister of Homeless Victim Norris Gaynor
Professor of Law, Washington and Lee School of Law
Commander, Broward County Sheriff’s Office
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
David Muhlhausen, Ph.D.
Research Fellow in Empirical Policy Analysis, The Heritage Foundation