Two Democratic lawmakers are urging the Department of Justice to speed up the implementation of a federal law aimed at curbing the rise in hate crimes against Asia during the Corona virus epidemic.
I A letterAttorney General Merck Garland, St. Maazi Hirono of Hawaii and Rep. Grace Meng of New York were sent to highlight the provisions of the Cove 19 Hate Crimes Act, which are important for its effectiveness, and said the agency should pay attention to them. Should.
“The full implementation of the Cove 19 Hate Crimes Act will help stem the tide of further violence,” he said in a letter on Monday.
The letter comes just weeks after the FBI released its annual report on hate crimes. More than 10,000 people Last year, law enforcement agencies were notified that they had been the victim of a hate crime because of their race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, sex, religion or disability.
The Quaid 19 Hate Crimes Act was signed into law in May. Legislation enacted by Hirono and Meng directed the Department of Justice to expedite its review of possible hate crimes and incidents involving potential COVIDs reported at the federal, state, or local levels.
The bill also directs the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services to work with community-based organizations to raise awareness of hate crimes during epidemics, and to direct state and local law from the attorney general. Guidance needs to be issued to enforcement agencies. Hirono and Meng, an online reporting system, highlighted these provisions in their letter.
A Justice Department spokesman confirmed receiving the letter but did not comment further.
Garland had previously announced a number of measures aimed at helping the Department of Justice enact the Cove-19 Hate Crimes Act, which would require the Deputy Associate Attorney General to coordinate the resources for anti-hate crimes. Including
It appointed Deputy Associate Attorney General Rachel Rossi as the agency’s Hate Crimes Coordinator, and designed the head of the Criminal Section in the Civil Rights Division to quickly review hate incidents under the Cove 19 Hate Crimes Act.
This fall, the department is expected to distribute to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to “outreach, educate, investigate and prosecute hate crimes.”
While Hirono and Meng praised Garland’s efforts, lawmakers said they were concerned that “hate violence” would continue because the variations of Covid 19 would lead to sanctions and “frustration with the virus would inevitably re-emerge.” Will
Last month, Asian American leader He expressed similar concerns in anticipation of the release of a report on the origin of the virus.
“Dangerous rhetoric” and anti-Asian remarks by US officials have diminished since Biden took office and the president has shown his support for the AAPI community, with leaders saying harsh language against China is still Asian. It can create hatred against Americans.
A. Recent report by AAPI Hate Indicates that more than 9,000 biases have been reported since the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic. The coalition said 4,533 of these incidents occurred in the first six months of this year.
The organization has previously stated that it does not endorse any of the reports it receives independently, but that the total number of incidents it has included is only the reports that came in detail.
Most cases – about 63 63.7 – were cases of verbal harassment, while avoidance or avoidance was about 16 16.5. About 13.7 percent of the cases involved physical attacks, according to Stop API Hate.