In the last year, as the pandemic inflicted pain across the globe, American officials stoked the flames of hatred by repeatedly using racial epithets in referring to the virus, and focusing on its geographic origins to deflect from national failures to protect the American people. Predictably, these actions have unleashed a torrent of hate aimed at people of Asian descent, and hate crimes against Asian Americans have soared.
According to Stop AAPI Hate, an organization tracking hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, there were 6,603 hate incidents reported to the center from March 19, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
Hate, bias, and discrimination aimed at the AAPI community is not a new phenomenon. But recent bursts of violence—including a horrific shooting rampage in Atlanta—have brought these long-simmering issues to the surface. They have also left legal aid organizations serving AAPI communities wondering how internal biases have shaped their outreach to AAPI clients, and whether they might have a bigger role to play in addressing them.
Join Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County in welcoming a panel of experts who will discuss how legal aid organizations might diversify and improve outreach and services to AAPI communities—encompassing different nationalities, religions, and ethnicities spread across the socioeconomic spectrum—and how they might partner with community groups serving AAPI populations to better address systemic discrimination.
Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_T7EXCjMOSDW1WwIoQkxj7A