NEW YORK – The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) has announced a dedicated Hate Crimes Task Force is developing in response to the rise in attacks on Asian Americans.
The Hate Crimes Task Force will identify all resources to ensure the community’s safety and well-being. The Task Force’s duties will include, but not limited to, responding to hate crime reports, assisting hate crime victims, building coalitions with other action groups, and other responsibilities that will benefit the Filipino American community.
The Task Force’s current projects include:
- Organizing virtual rallies
- Recruiting additional media partners
- Building coalitions with other organizations such as the NAACP and a
- a network of task forces across the country to serve more local areas, increase digital resources and collect funding to create a Defense Fund for hate crime victims.
“Action has been long overdue. Our community is facing violence in so many different forms, and we cannot afford to wait for a change in the political atmosphere. People are suffering right now, which is why the Hate Crimes Task Force is such a critical initiative. Our people are in need of resources and support,” comments Brendan Flores, National Chairman of NaFFAA, “and we want to be there for them if these attacks persist.”
The Task Force is just one development among other actions that NaFFAA is taking in response to these attacks. Throughout April and May, NaFFAA will be hosting a series of events, including:
- Mental Health Panel “It’s Okay Not to Be Okay” – April 23rd, 8 PM ET
- Hollaback! Bystander Training with Tagalog translation – April 30th, 8 PM ET
Dates are tentative. For more information or inquiries on contributing to the Task Force or the upcoming events, please contact email@example.com or visit www.NaFFAA.org.