NAPABA Supports the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

NAPABA Supports the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

May 12, 2020

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) supports the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act (H.R. 6721) introduced by Congresswoman Grace Meng of New York  as an original organizational sponsor. The bill will improve the ability of the federal government to respond to COVID-19-related acts of hate.

“We thank Congresswoman Meng for introducing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act to improve the ability of the federal government to respond to acts of hate in a coordinated fashion,” said NAPABA President Bonnie Lee Wolf. “Unfortunately, the emergence of the coronavirus has led to an increase in acts of hate and discrimination targeting the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. By coordinating data collection and response at a federal level, law enforcement and communities can work together to identify strategies to combat acts of hate.”

The bill directs the Attorney General to designate an officer in the Department of Justice to facilitate the review of reports of COVID-19 hate crimes. The Department shall also prepare regular reports to Congress on the reported incidents.

Read more about the bill here.

Visit the NAPABA COVID-19 Resource Center.

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