While racism against Asian Americans has been present for decades, COVID-19 has caused a growing “pandemic of hate”. From March 19, 2020 to June 30, 2021, there were 9,081 hate incidents reported on the Stop AAPI Hate website. In collaboration with Asian Americans Advancing Justice and Kaiser Permanente, we’re launching a two year campaign dedicated to increasing awareness about anti-Asian hate and violence, offering resources to victims, and protecting all San Diegans physically and mentally through outreach, education and engagement.
Together, we can stand up to hate and violence.
What is a Hate Crime?
A hate crime is any offense committed against you or your property because of your race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, disability, gender or sexual orientation. Anyone can be a victim and crimes typically include physical assault, arson, vandalism or threats to commit these crimes.
What is a Hate Incident?
A hate incident is an action or behavior motivated by hate but which, for one or more reasons, is not a crime. Examples of hate incidents include hate speech, racial slurs, insults, distributing or displaying hate materials such as banners or flyers.
Reporting. Why is it important?
Anti-Asian hate incidents and crimes often go unreported due to fear, shame and stigmas. Reporting acts of harassment and violence is important in raising awareness of what is happening in our communities and around the world. This awareness helps advocate for the needs of our communities. Use your voice and let your story be told. Below you will find resources for reporting hate crimes and incidents.
Stop AAPI Hate
Online reporting tool available in 11 languages. Stop AAPI Hate tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
Stand Against Hatred
An online reporting tool made available by Asian Americans Advancing Justice to document hate and to educate about the environment of hate around the country.
NAPABA may be able to provide pro bono (free) legal assistance to you if you have been the victim of a hate crime or hate incident. NAPABA wants to ensure that local communities have the tools they need to address hate fueled attacks.
Mental Health Support
Acts of racism can cause increased anxiety, post traumatic stress, and depression. Talking to a trained professional can help you process these feelings. This is not your fault and it’s ok to ask for help.
Become an ally
Collective support and solidarity are essential in the fight against racism and harassment. The only way we can create change is to work together. Learn how you can be an ally to the AAPI community.
Show Your Support
You can show your support in a variety of ways. Share resources on your social media to raise awareness, have conversations with your family and friends, or support a local AAPI small business.