In recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Switchboard has compiled this resource round-up.
In 2019, 2,172 law enforcement agencies reported 7,314 hate crime incidents via the federal Hate Crime Statistics Program. 55.8 percent of these incidents were motivated by a race, ethnicity, or ancestry bias (FBI). The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to an increase in hate crimes, especially against Asian-Americans. For instance, Stop AAPI Hate received 3,795 reports of anti-Asian hate incidents from March 2020 to February 2021 and approximately one third of Asian adults reported having been subjected to racial slurs or jokes within the first three months of the pandemic (Pew Research Center).
This blog post includes resources to help address this mounting crisis, including: resources for service providers to educate themselves and confront the rise in hate incidents; resources on the intersection of bias and COVID-19; multilingual resources for Asian-American Pacific-Islander (AAPI) individuals to report hate incidents; and resources on supporting clients following traumatic experiences.
Confronting the Rise in Anti-Asian Hate Incidents
- Hollaback!, Bystander Intervention Training to Stop Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment, 2021: Developed in partnership with Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Hollaback! has created free bystander intervention and de-escalation training classes. On this page, you can register for upcoming trainings and workshops.
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Stand against Hate Story Tracker: This website records incidents of bias and hate to educate the public and service providers on how to advocate for marginalized communities. It also includes a report form that is translated into Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.
- Asian American Federation, Stay Safe from Hate, 2020: This booklet contains information on how to protect oneself from threatening situations, it includes verbal de-escalation strategies, non-violent communication strategies, guidelines for being a upstander, and physical self-defense strategies. It is available in Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English, Korean, Japanese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
- Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council, Safety Tips for Those Experiencing or Witnessing Hate: This post contains recommendations to consider when experiencing hate or witnessing hate crimes. It is translated into Bengali, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Korean, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Nepali, Punjabi, Tagalog, Hmong, and Hindi.
Resources on Bias and COVID-19
- OCA National Center, COVID-19 Toolkit Strategies to Defeat Asian American Racial Profiling and Xenophobia: This toolkit provides a background regarding the rise of Asian American racial profiling during COVID-19. It contains talking points to mention in meetings with the media and elected officials and strategies to help AAPI communities.
- NYC Human Rights, Hate and Bias Incidents Related to COVID-19 Fact Sheet, 2020: This factsheet covers the basics of reporting an incident of racial harassment or discrimination in New York City. It is translated into Arabic, Bengali, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Haitian Creole, French, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Yiddish,
- Minnesota Department of Health, Viruses Don’t Discriminate and Neither Should We, 2020: This poster, which includes a discrimination reporting line for Minnesota residents, can be displayed in offices and other public spaces. It is available in Amharic, Chinese, English, Hmong, Karen, Lao, Oromo, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese
Reporting Anti-Asian Hate Crimes
- National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), NAPABA Hate Crimes Task Force Intake Form: This intake form is designed for individuals that have experienced hate-crimes and are seeking pro bono legal resources. The NAPABA Hate Crimes Task Force will review and respond to every submission.
- Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council, Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center: This form records reported racial hate crime incidents. It is translated into English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Khmer, Punjabi, Tagalog, Hmong, and Hindi.
- OCA National Center, AAPI Hate Incident Reporting Form: Fill out this form to file a hate crime report with the OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates. The organization will use these responses to further APPI advocacy. Click here if you want to send video testimony to the OCA National Center policy department.
- In educational settings:
- U.S. Department of Education: Office of Civil Rights, Combating Discrimination Against AANHPI and MASSA Students, 2016: This fact sheet contains examples of discrimination in educational settings and who to contact to file a complaint. It is also available in Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Hakha Chin, Hmong, Korean, Punjabi, Somali, Tagalog, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
- Anti-Defamation League Student Tool Kit: Responding to Hate, 2018: This toolkit describes how to document and report hate incidents on a school campus. It includes a hate or bias incident reporting form.
Supporting Clients who have Experienced Hate Crimes
- NW Immigrant and Refugee Health Coalition, Healthcare Provider Resources for Refugees, Immigrants, and Asylum Seekers, 2016: This guide contains tips for service providers when helping clients who are dealing with harassment and hate messages. Resources regarding reporting harassment, creating a safe space, and screening children for incidents of bullying and racism are provided. Information pertaining to islamophobia is also included. Note: this guide includes some information specific to Seattle, WA.
- Hate Crime Victim Support, Understanding the Needs of Hate Crime Victims, 2020: This book is designed to provide information to service providers and policy makers on how to address the needs of victims of hate crimes. Taking a victim-centered approach, this publication contains detailed passages regarding the impact of hate crimes and hate crime victims’ needs. Relevant sections include Chapters 5, 6 and 8.
- National Center for Hate Crime Prevention, Responding to Hate Crime: A Multidisciplinary Curriculum, 2016: This curriculum, designed for victim advocates and community-based organizations, includes strategies for assisting victims of hate crimes, strategies for changing community norms around these incidents, and actions to help deter these crimes. Sessions B, E, and F are particularly relevant.
- International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Global Perspectives on the Trauma of Hate-Based Violence, 2019: This evidence-based briefing paper explains the unique traumatic effects of hate crimes and effective mental health interventions for survivors (page 15).