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For Immediate Release

Press Release

Biden’s Moves on Anti-Asian Violence Applauded


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.” 


The Lawyers’ Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar’s leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity – work that continues to be vital today.

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