Sacramento, CA – APAPA applauds U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Representative Grace Meng (D-NY) for supporting and
co-sponsoring U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono’s (D-HI) proposed legislation for the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act that
would force the U.S. Justice Department to prioritize and expedite reviews of
COVID-19 related hate crimes targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
According to many news sources, hate crimes against Asian and
Pacific Islanders in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, and
other metropolitan areas have increased significantly since the pandemic.
This has caused concerns in the AAPI
communities, law enforcement, and other advocacy organizations.
APAPA also applauds President Biden’s January
26, 2021, Executive Memo “Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian
Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.” In his first
Presidential Address to the nation about the pandemic on March 11, 2021,
President Biden emphatically stated that the vicious hate crimes
against Asian Americans who have been attacked, harassed, blamed, and
scapegoated “is wrong, it is un-American, and it must stop.”
According to U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono’s news
page, the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act specifically directs the Department of Justice
- Designate a DOJ employee
to assist with expedited review of COVID-19 hate crimes reported to
federal, state, and/or local law enforcement;
- Provide guidance for state
and local law enforcement agencies to:
- Establish online reporting of hate crimes or incidents, and
to have online reporting available in multiple languages;
- Expand culturally competent and linguistically appropriate
public education campaigns, and collection of data and public reporting
of hate crimes; and
- Issue guidance detailing
best practices to mitigate racially discriminatory language
in describing the COVID–19 pandemic, in coordination with the
Secretary of Health and Human Services, the COVID–19 Health Equity Task
Force, and community-based organizations.
APAPA applauds these efforts and urges all
AAPI to report, speak up, and condemn all hate crimes perpetrated against all
ethnic groups and other Americans. Our vision is to build an America where
the American Dream is possible for all.
APAPA is a non-profit, non-partisan and
grassroots organization. Its mission is to empower Asian and Pacific Islander
(API) Americans through education, leadership, and active participation in
civic and public affairs.