Over the past year there has been an alarming rise in the number of hate crimes against members of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, driven by unacceptable stigma and blame surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the reporting center “Stop AAPI Hate”, there have been nearly 3,800 anti-Asian hate incidents reported since March 2020.
We are saddened and outraged by the increasing rise in violence against this community and most recently the killings of eight people in Georgia, six of whom were Asian women. Sadly, this is yet another reminder of the reality of discrimination and violence facing communities of color and other protected classes, and one that we must oppose and condemn whenever and wherever we see it.
To that end, we stand together with the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and other national bar associations and organizations in pledging our Stand Against Hate, and as a firm we are working to identify meaningful ways that we can support the AAPI community, as part of our ongoing efforts to fight racial injustice and promote health equity.
Along with this work we will continue to prioritize our efforts for greater diversity, equity and inclusion within the firm.