NEWARK, N.J. - The FBI in Newark is embarking on a campaign to raise awareness about its efforts to prosecute hate crimes.
The agency says it will use billboards and signs on highways and rail lines to publicize its toll-free number and website in the hopes of getting more victims to come forward.
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An FBI report released last November found that hate crimes were at their highest level in more than a decade.
Last month, a report commissioned by a coalition of civil rights groups concluded that hate crime laws across the U.S. are inconsistent and can even have the effect of discouraging victims from coming forward.