Justice for Victims of Lynching Act

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Justice for Victims of Lynching Act
Great Seal of the United States
Full titleA bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to specify lynching as a deprivation of civil rights, and for other purposes.
Introduced in115th United States Congress
Introduced onJune 28, 2018
Legislative history
  • Passed the Senate on December 19, 2018 (unanimous)

Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018 is a proposed bill that would classify lynching, defined as bodily injury on the basis of perceived race, color, religion or, nationality, a federal hate crime in the United States. According to vox.com, the bill is largely symbolic, aiming to recognize and apologize for historical governmental failures to prevent lynching in the US.[1]

The act was first introduced in the US Senate in June 2018 by the body's three Black members: Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Tim Scott.[2] The legislation passed the Senate unanimously on December 19, 2018.[3][4] As of February 14, 2019 reintroduced Bill In the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendement by Voice vote.[5]

Kamala Harris presenting the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act in the Senate


  1. ^ Lockhart, P. R. (2018-12-21). "Why the Senate's unanimous passage of an anti-lynching bill matters". Vox. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  2. ^ Zaveri, Mihir (2018-12-20). "Senate Unanimously Passes Bill Making Lynching a Federal Crime". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  3. ^ Eli Watkins. "Senate passes bill making lynching a federal crime". CNN. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  4. ^ "Legislation To Make Lynching A Federal Crime Clears Historic Hurdle In Congress". NPR.org. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  5. ^ govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s3178. Accessed May 4, 2019