AABANY to conduct a workshop on self-defense on anti-Asian violence incidents


NEW YORK – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) will be presenting a workshop on Self-Defense and Defense of Others in Stopping Asian Hate on June 30 via Zoom at 5:30 PM in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

Joseb Gim, Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Hate Crimes Unit at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, and Elaine Chiu, Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law, will address questions as the surge of hate and violence has plagued the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community since 2020.

AABANY and Paul, Weiss’ report, A Rising Tide of Hate and Violence against Asian Americans in New York during COVID-19: Impact, Causes, Solutions, detailed an eight-fold increase in reported hate crimes against AAPIs.

AABANY’s workshop is intended to help attendees confront this reality. The presenters will answer questions such as: “Should I use pepper spray? What will likely happen if I fight back? How can I protect myself and others during bias incidents or hate crime encounters? What are the basic laws around such protective measures?”

At the end of the workshop, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions during a question-and-answer period. Eugene Love Kim, Esq. at the Legal Aid Society, will moderate. He is a staff attorney in the criminal defense practice and a representative for the Attorneys of Color at the Legal Aid Society. He is also an active member of AABANY, where he serves as a vice-chair of the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee.

“The numerous press accounts of hate and violence incidents against the AAPI community have been devastating,” AABANY President Terrence Shen said. “We hope this self-defense workshop will provide AAPI community members with a greater understanding of how to protect themselves under New York State laws if they encounter a bias incident or hate crime.”

The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration remains open through June 29. Registrants will receive the link and password to the workshop on the morning of June 30. To register, go to https://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1524983

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