For Immediate Release
Biden’s Moves on Anti-Asian Violence Applauded
WASHINGTON - President Joseph R. Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Tuesday afternoon, actions to respond to anti-Asian violence with the Department of Justice launching a 30-day expedited review into how the agency can bolster its efforts to respond to hate crimes and hate incidents and improve data collection of such incidents. The following is a statement from Damon Hewitt, acting president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:
“These initial steps show that the administration takes seriously the spike in hate crimes directed at the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. We support the administration’s efforts and call for additional measures to address the intertwined hatred of racist, sexual, and gender-based violence.
“Through the work of our James Byrd Center to Stop Hate, we have called for law enforcement to improve its responsiveness to these harms impacting communities of color. Through training numerous law enforcement agencies, advocating for enhanced hate-crime tracking and prosecutions, and direct support efforts, we will continue to stand in solidarity and lift up the voices of communities and individuals targeted for hate. Echoing our partners in the affected communities, as we strive to create a freer, fairer and safer society, we must do so together while addressing the white supremacy and systemic racism often behind these horrendous acts.”
This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.
Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.
Please select a donation method:
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law.