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Resource List: Confronting, Reporting, and Healing After Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

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

Resources on Bias and COVID-19

Reporting Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

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).

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