Rising Tide of Hate and Violence Against Asian Americans in New York During COVID-19

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.  

For more information on topics related to this piece, check out the COVID-19 Special Collection, or visit the HSDL for more resources on hate crimes or anti-Asian discrimination.   

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