U.S. Dep’t of Justice vows more actions against hate attacks on Asians

U.S. Dep’t of Justice vows more actions against hate attacks on Asians

/ 10:23 AM March 18, 2021


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Justice held a listening session with more than a dozen Asian American and Pacific Islander community groups on its efforts to stop hate crimes and other unlawful acts against the AAPI community.

“No one in America should fear violence because of who they are, what they look like or what part of the world they or their families came from,” said Acting Deputy Attorney General John Carlin, the host of the meeting.


“The Department of Justice and our component agencies are committed to bringing all of our tools to bear in supporting AAPI communities as we address the horrific rise in hate and bias incidents occurring across the country.”

The listening session follows a meeting Carlin had earlier this week with key U.S. Attorneys in districts around the country with significant AAPI populations including:


  • Northern District of California (San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland)
  • Central District of California (Los Angeles)
  • Southern District of Texas (Houston)
  • Northern District of Illinois (Chicago)
  • Southern District of New York (Manhattan)

Carlin requested feedback from each district’s work on AAPI-related hate crimes and incidents including cases trends, community outreach efforts and data collection.

Additional background

On January 26, 2021, President Biden issued the “Presidential Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States,” which authorizes the Attorney General to:

  • explore opportunities to support, consistent with applicable law, the efforts of State and local agencies, as well as AAPI communities and community-based organizations, to prevent discrimination, bullying, harassment, and hate crimes against AAPI individuals, and
  • expand collection of data and public reporting regarding hate incidents against such individuals.

Since the signing of that memo DOJ said it has been working “to combat discrimination and violence through both direct federal law enforcement action and capacity building, training, support, and outreach to our partners in state and local law enforcement and the AAPI community.”

It reports having investigated complaints of discrimination and violence against the AAPI community – ranging from job or housing discrimination to reported assaults.

The department has monitored reports by organizations like the Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council (A3PCON) and Stop AAPI Hate, as well as media reports to identify incidents actionable under federal hate crime statutes.

DOJ hosted Hate Crime Forums for state and local law enforcement, attorneys, community members, community advocacy organizations, and other groups, to draise awareness about hate crimes investigations, challenges and available resources.


DOJ’s Community Relations Service is working with community-based groups including youth, faith leaders, cultural leaders, and civil rights organizers from API, Black, and Latino communities to reduce racial tensions and prevent violence.

It also announced plan to:

  • Launch a new community outreach program to improve identifying, reporting, and preventing hate crimes and build trust with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement;
  • Translate its hate crimes resources website and complaint portal to the four most common AAPI languages, beginning with Chinese (Traditional and Simplified) and conduct outreach to reach those limited English proficient communities; Work with state victims’ programs to help them address hate crimes;
  • Establish a new grant program to help states, localities, and tribal law enforcement agencies to do educational outreach and training on hate crimes and to investigate and prosecute such crimes;
  • Launch a new Hate Crimes program under the Matthew Shepard/James Byrd Hate Crimes Program to support funds, training and technical assistance to back outreach, education, reporting, investigation and prosecution of hate crimes.

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