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New York County Lawyers Association Issues Statement
Condemning Violence Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
The New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA) strongly condemns the increasing violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, including the recent deaths of the eight people in Atlanta, six of whom are of Asian descent. The targeting of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for discrimination and violence is a problem throughout the country; in New York City crimes against the AAPI community have risen tenfold with 145 complaints between February and May of 2020 alone, compared to 12 filed during the same period in 2019.*
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to these victims of violence and their families, and we demand more be done to protect Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from this escalation of aggression. The AAPI community has a long history of contributing to the success of the country. The recent alarming rise in xenophobia is of tremendous concern and we call upon local and national leaders to focus resources on addressing this issue.” said Stephen C. Lessard, NYCLA President.
About the New York County Lawyers Association
The New York County Lawyers Association (www.nycla.org) was founded in 1908 as one of the first major bar associations in the country that admitted members without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, or gender. Since its inception, it has pioneered some of the most far-reaching and tangible reforms in American jurisprudence and has continuously played an active role in legal developments and public policy.
*NYPD Hate Crimes Reports