Associated Press
February 4, 2013

District of Columbia officials are announcing a partnership between prosecutors, the mayor's office and the gay, lesbian and transgender community. The goal of the partnership, announced Saturday by Mayor Vincent Gray, is to seek stronger punishments for people convicted in bias- or hate crimes. As part of the arrangement, the mayor's office of GLBT Affairs will solicit so-called impact statements from community members in criminal cases that were motivated by the victim's sexual orientation or gender identity.