“The way that people have rallied around the community gives me hope. I worry though about the next person, who may not make the news. They need help too,” says Angela Hsu, President of GAPABA.
BJay Pak, past U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, recounted an Asian business owner and robbery victim who was targeted based on stereotypes that Asians operated with primarily cash and would not fight back.
“She survived the shooting but lost her ability to work. It just highlighted the need for an initiative such as the one we are launching today to support these Asian-American victims of race and bias-related crimes, and to educate and to combat negative stereotypes of Asian-Americans," he says.
The GAPABA Law Foundation (GLF), the nonprofit arm of the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (GAPABA), will receive and hold the AAPI Crime Victims and Education Fund until the GLF Board of Directors selects a fund administrator. Over the years, GLF has distributed over $250,000 in grants and funds received from individuals, corporations, and law firms.
“It’s not enough to simply support AAPI survivors after a crime occurs. The rise in anti-AAPI hate crimes is alarming. Such crimes against Asian-Americans increased by 150% last year, while the overall hate crime rate decreased by 7%. We hope that a national fund will help address this problem by supporting education and anti-violence work. This will benefit everyone, AAPI and non-AAPI alike,” says Michael C. Wu, GAPABA Board Member.
“We have a greater calling to create something that will positively impact the community. For individuals and corporations searching for a trustworthy, tax-deductible and practical way to assist, this is it,” says Sara Hamilton, President of KABA-GA.
The AAPI Crime Victims & Education Fund is a fundraising initiative (1) to assist AAPI crime victims, and (2) to support educational & awareness programs aimed at reducing violence targeted towards the AAPI community such as:
o Creation and dissemination of in-language materials on bias and hate crimes.
o Bystander intervention training.
o Educational and outreach programs to facilitate trust with law enforcement, raise awareness of AAPI stereotypes, and establish points of contact with the AAPI community.
o Emergency funds for AAPI crime victims.
· It is the first national fundraising effort focused on crime directed towards the AAPI community.
· Contributions are 100% tax-deductible.
· Launched by volunteer lawyers and AAPI bar associations.
· More information at: the GAPABA Donate page