Lawyers’ group releases its second report on anti-Asian hate and violence in NYC

by PDM STAFF

Cover Photo Endless Tide via AABANY

NEW YORK – The anticipated second report on anti-Asian hate and violence in New York has been released by the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) during a press conference on May 31 held at the offices of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in Manhattan.

The report, Endless Tide: The Continuing Struggle to Overcome Anti-Asian Hate in New York is dedicated to the memory of Vincent Chin, a Chinese American. He was murdered 40 years ago outside of Detroit by out-of-work autoworkers who blamed him for losing their jobs due to the popularity of Japanese imports.

Endless Tide recounts the surge in anti-Asian violence in New York at the start of 2021 and laments the absence of any sustained effort to reduce hate and violence against the AAPI community in New York. It includes statistical data compiled from news reports and publicly available sources, which showed 233 anti-Asian attacks during the first three quarters of 2021. Seven of these reported attacks resulted in a guilty plea to a hate crime.

The report also discusses specific cases that AABANY worked on during 2021, which underscored the difficulty in seeking accountability and justice for incidents of anti-Asian violence. The report proposes several solutions, including:

  1. Improve Public Hate Crime Data Reporting
  2. Recognize the Community as Victim and Investigative Partner
  3. Develop Better Guidance for Hate Crime Investigations
  4. Reform the Hate Crimes Law
  5. Fully Fund the Study, Prevention, and Prosecution of Hate Crimes
  6. Develop Anti-Bias Programming, Training in Cultural Sensitivity, and Trauma-Assisted Counseling
  7. Remedy Barriers to Reporting of Hate Incidents
  8. Improve Investigative Training and Tools Available to Government Agencies.
  9. Revisit Bail Reform

“We are grateful for the efforts of the AABANY Anti-Asian Violence Task Force, AALFNY, and the Co-Executive Editors of the Endless Tide report,” AABANY President William Ng said. “The report’s findings are troubling and raise a call to action to elected officials, law enforcement, and the legal community to step up efforts to fight hate in all its forms. AABANY hopes that in recounting the experience of New York’s AAPI community in its continuing struggle against anti-Asian hate, we can come together to develop long-lasting and workable solutions to turn the tide against hate.”

During the press conference, lawmakers from the city council and state assembly were present. Eva Zhao, 38, the widow of Zhiwen Yan, the delivery worker murdered in Forest Hills at the end of April, was also in attendance. Zhao and her husband have three children.

The report was produced by AABANY’s Anti-Asian Violence Task Force, formed after the release of Turning the Tide, AABANY’s first anti-Asian violence report in 2021. The Co-Executive Editors of the 2022 report are Sylvia Chin, Elaine Chiu, Karen King, and Chris Kwok, members of the Task Force.

–With Jay Domingo/PDM

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