TIME’S UP Applauds Passage of COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

Biden Administration, Equity, Public Policy

Today the U.S. Senate passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which would assign a Justice Department official to review COVID-related hate crimes. This legislation would also require the Justice Department to provide reporting guidance for regional law enforcement.

Tina Tchen, president and CEO of TIME’S UP Foundation, provided the following statement:

“TIME’S UP applauds the Senate for taking action to address the rise of hate and violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. But let’s be clear: discrimination and violence against Asian Americans, particularly AAPI women, in this country is nothing new. 

“I know firsthand that the hyper-sexualization and fetishization of Asian women has gone on for generations. And the violence Asian women are experiencing right now is directly related to the racism and misogyny that we’ve seen play out in recent months, from the steps of the U.S. Capitol to the shooting in Atlanta.

This legislation is an important first step towards changing our narrow paradigm of hate crimes, and ultimately, building a safer, more equitable world for us all.” 

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