Anti-Asian sentiment is at a generational high due to COVID-19. Too many still inaccurately refer to the disease as the "China Virus," despite reports indicating the United States' condition came from Europe. Asians and Pacific Islanders now comprise 16% of individuals contacting the Crisis Text Line about coronavirus—nearly three times their proportion of the population in the United States. Reports of beatings, assaults, spitting and other forms of harassment have surged to record levels. Find practical steps to protect you, your loved ones, and fellow community members.
Call 911 If You Are In Immediate Danger
If you have been physically injured or threatened with injury, call 911 or contact local authorities immediately. For more information on when an act of prejudice amounts to a hate crime, review the United States Department of Justice website Learn About Hate Crimes and California Department of Justice website Hate Crimes, which is accessible in multiple Asian languages.
Call 1-844-9-NO-HATE (1-844-9-66-4283)
The Stop Hate hotline is accessible in a number of Asian languages and will assist you with free social services, such as legal resources, survivor assistance, and mental health and other medical services. The hotline is managed by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a member of the Communities Against Hate coalition — a national initiative to collect data and respond to incidents of violence, threats, and property damage motivated by hate.
Share your story at www.StandAgainstHatred.org, which is accessible in English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. This reporting tool will aid Asian Americans Advancing Justice and the Communities Against Hate coalition in their efforts to educate the public, empower others, and strengthen advocacy for hate crimes response and prevention.
Share your story with Stop AAPI Hate, which is accessible in English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Thai, and Khmer, with Tagalog and South Asian languages coming soon. Stop AAPI Hate was founded by the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, Chinese for Affirmative Action, and San Francisco State University’s Asian American Studies Department. Reports will aid these organizations develop targeted media campaigns, provide resources for impacted individuals, and advocate for policies to curtail racial profiling.
EDUCATE AND EMPOWER YOURSELF
Follow reported hate crimes through NextShark's Hatemap. Join thousands nationwide in combating anti-Asian sentiment by sharing your all #AllAmericans story on social media and participating in thoughtful online conversations, such as those hosted by Act to Change.
Know Your Rights
Educate yourself with this comprehensive Street Harassment: Know Right Your Rights Guide and FAQ issued by Hollaback! — a nonprofit member of the Communities Against Hate coalition — in partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation and global law firm DLA Piper.
Know How to Respond
While there is no single “right way” to respond to harassment, review General Guidelines on Responding to Harassers for some best practices by Hollaback! and How To Respond to Coronavirus Racism for more specific advice by Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Help as a Bystander