HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Some governments and elected leaders across the U.S. are responding to an uptick in reports of hate crimes following the presidential election.

Calls for stronger anti-hate crime laws, a crackdown on offenders and creation of special hotlines where citizens can report harassment and intimation are among the steps officials are taking.

Mongi Dhaouadi (muhn-JEE' dah-WAH'-dee) heads the Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He says it's "extremely important that political, civil and religious leaders" make it clear they're "united in defending all citizens, including minorities" who feel vulnerable under Republican President-elect Donald Trump's presidency.

He appeared Monday with Democratic U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, who plans to introduce new federal anti-hate crime legislation.

In Massachusetts, hundreds of people have called a state anti-bias hotline created last week.