New York, New York (PRWEB) September 25, 2012
At a widely publicized Senate hearing on hate crimes, U.S. Sikhs asked the Obama administration to begin collecting statistics on hate crimes against them, reported The Washington Post (9/19/12). New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, supports the Sikh effort to push for more legal protection.
“Sikhs experience hate crimes because of their distinct religious identity. Like other racial and religious groups, the FBI should have a distinct category to track such crimes across the U.S. and in New York, civil rights violations lawyer Perecman said. “With more specific reporting and data, law enforcement agencies can do more to help prevent crimes against the Sikh community.”
The FBI annual report on hate crimes separates anti-Jewish, anti-Islamic, anti-Catholic, anti-Protestant and anti-Atheist/Agnostic attacks into subcategories of hate crimes based on religious bias, clarified religious discrimination lawyers at The Perecman Firm.
More than 400 people attended the hearing to show their support for the request to protect the Sikh community. Sikhs said they are often targets of discrimination from those who do not understand their beliefs and practices, reported the Washington Post.
According to the Sikh Coalition, more than 700 Sikhs have been the victims of hate crimes since 2001.
Harpreet Singh Saini was among those who appealed to the Senate. His mother had been one of six people killed by a gunman at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on Aug. 5.
The Sikh Coalition also asked government officials and candidates to take a pledge to refrain from rhetoric that incites bigotry, to invest in anti-bullying campaigns and to create a presidential task force to track progress on hate crime prevention, reported The Washington Post.
Sikhism is the world's fifth largest religion with an estimated 200,000 to 500,000 followers in the U.S.
“The U.S. spends billions to track terrorists around the world, now we need to do a better job prosecuting the terror here at home," said Perecman. “People should not be a target for violence because of the religion they practice.”
Individuals who believe they have been victims of a New York civil rights violation including hate crimes or religious discrimination in the workplace can contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York civil rights violation, medical malpractice, construction accident, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of cases including racial profiling and bias crimes. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
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