Following the spread of COVID-19 and its official announcement as a pandemic, Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) hate crimes have been on the rise. In 2020, hate crimes against Asian Americans have increased by 150% and many AAPI feel unheard and invisible. Mental health has only been an increasing concern for their community, thus resources and organizations have stepped forward in order to provide a safe space and opportunities for therapy.
Recently, the Senate has resoundingly passed a bill that makes it clear that these AAPI hate crimes will not be tolerated. This bill will not only help the AAPI community feel less invisible, but also provide the support that they need in times of the COVID-19 pandemic and targeted attacks.
For more information about AAPI mental health, click here for an article from healthline.
To read more about the bill that was passed, click here for the full article from New York Times, written by Catie Edmondson. For a copy of the measure, click here.
For one of our original infographics by Meredith Steinberg about COVID-19’s impact on the LGBTQ community, click here.