PLENARY SESSION: The Rising Tide of Anti-Asian Hate & Violence: Where Are We Now? (4P)

Hosted by AABANY Pro Bono & Community Service and Issues Committees

NY CLE: 1.5 Credits in Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias, Non-Transitional Only 
Please note: CLE credit is only available for those that attended the live session; video replays are not eligible for credit.

Program Chair: Karen King, Partner, Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC

Hannah Yu, Chief, Hate Crimes Unit, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office
Chris Kwok. Mediator, Arbitrator, Referee/Special Master, Hearing Officer, JAMS
Hassan Naveed, Deputy Executive Director, Mayor’s Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes
Jennifer H. Wu, Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Dr. Russell Jeung, Professor of Asian-American Studies at San Francisco State University; Founder of Stop AAPI Hate

Moderator: Karen King, Partner, Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC

There has been a sharp and disturbing rise in anti-Asian hate and violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.  A string of particularly violent attacks in early 2021 brought some public attention to the issue, but that has since waned.  Meanwhile, Asian-Americans continue to be targets of verbal attacks, shunning, physical violence, and harassment, and the volume of incidents has increased as COVID-19 variants and cases are again on the rise.  Efforts to prevent these attacks or seek justice for victims are ongoing, but there is growing frustration in the community.

This program will discuss the data and trends of anti-Asian hate incidents across the country since the onset of the pandemic, including contributing factors, challenges to effective change, and initiatives that have been undertaken at local, state, and federal levels.  The panel will also discuss anti-Asian incidents in the Greater New York City area that occurred in 2021, the impact of recent elections, available resources for victims, work by AABANY and other volunteers to educate the community and combat hate incidents, and ways in which lawyers can help.