The Asian American Bar Association of New York and Paul, Weiss, Goldberg, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP have released a new report “A Rising Tide of Hate and Violence against Asian Americans in New York During COVID-19: Impact, Causes, Solutions” which details an alarming uptick in anti-Asian violence associated with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Focused on the phenomenon in New York City, the document begins with an explanation of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the Asian-American community, before discussing causes and contributing factors of heightened Anti-Asian hate and violence. Next, the report highlights the fact that “while many have denounced the rise of COVID-19-related anti-Asian racism and harassment, there has been limited legislative and executive action at the federal, state, and local levels.” The report concludes with suggestions for a path forward which includes:
- Clear Reporting Mechanisms for Victims, Including Online and Hotline Reporting;
- Uniform and Consistent Classification, Documentation, and Reporting of Hate Crimes by Law Enforcement as well as Uniform and Consistent Investigation and Prosecution of Hate Crimes;
- The Asian Hate Crimes Task Force and Greater Representation of Asians in Law Enforcement, Public Office, and the Courts;
- Public Education Campaign;
- Stronger Unity and Collaboration Among Minority Groups;
- Legislative Reform; and
- Civil Actions.
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Author: Emily Christian