In a push against anti-Muslim hate crimes, U.S. attorney general set to visit mosque


Source: Los Angeles Times

Amid a rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes since the presidential election, U.S. Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch plans to make her first visit to a mosque while in office.

Lynch is scheduled to address an interfaith gathering of Muslims and Christians on Monday morning at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, a prominent Islamic center outside Washington, D.C.

Last month the FBI reported a 67% increase in hate crimes against Muslims in 2015 compared with the previous year. Since the election, civil rights groups have documented hundreds of incidents around the country that targeted Muslims, blacks, Jews, Latinos, immigrants and LGBT people.

In a video she released Nov. 18, Lynch called the rise in anti-Muslim crime “alarming” and offered her support to Muslims and other minority groups. She will follow the same theme Monday, according to the Justice Department. The next day, she will hold a roundtable with LGBT youth at a New York high school and visit the Stonewall National Monument to LGBT civil rights.

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