Raising Awareness of Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents During the COVID-19 Pandemic   [open pdf - 10MB]

From the Introduction: "'The tragic toll of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has been compounded by a surge in violence against communities of color, including Asian American and Black communities in the United States.' [...] Community-based organizations consistently stated that guidance on raising awareness of hate crimes during the pandemic should incorporate an understanding of the impact of hate incidents as well. The trauma endured by communities targeted by hate crimes is compounded by the fear and instability caused by hate incidents that may not meet the statutory definition of a hate crime. Hate incidents require a different response than hate crimes, but understanding and addressing these acts is critical, and can help prevent criminal activity. [...] DOJ [Department of Justice] and HHS [Department of Health and Human Services] have crafted this guidance to address both hate crimes and hate incidents. In doing so, this guidance aims to increase awareness of the full impact of hate crimes on communities' health and wellbeing, deter hate crimes, support those impacted by them, and promote dedicated resources to reduce the pernicious effects of hate crimes and incidents on communities across our country. Through this guidance, DOJ and HHS aim to raise awareness about the scourge of hate crimes and hate incidents, and to propel the use of awareness as a tool for action, response, and prevention. Through awareness of the problem, efforts can be made to mitigate against similar responses to public crisis events in the future and to empower law enforcement, government officials, public health systems, and community-based organizations to protect and support communities most frequently impacted by unlawful acts of hate."

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