Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-04-07 16:33:24 –
San Diego, CA — Increasing discrimination and violence against Asian Americans has renewed efforts to better track, report, and prosecute these hateful cases.
“Public security isn’t just about actual safety statistics. It’s about whether people feel safe. And unfortunately at this moment in our history, the Asian community feels unsafe. They are defenseless. I feel they are vulnerable and exposed, “said Summer Stephan, a district attorney in San Diego County.
Recent survey from AAPI data, Policy research nonprofits have found that Asian Americans are least likely to be reluctant to report hate crimes, harassment, and discrimination to authorities. According to a survey, more than 2 million Asian-American adults have experienced a pandemic of hatred.
“Hate crimes are traditionally difficult to prosecute, are very underreported, and are probably the most underreported crime, because people sometimes feel shame. They just want it to disappear. “There is,” said Stephan.
Early in the pandemic, her office created an online hate crime reporting tool to encourage reporting.
“It’s the first time in the country that we can connect directly and tell someone whether this is a hate crime or a hate crime,” she explained.
Stephan says government agencies usually don’t track hatred cases.
“We wanted to pave the way for reporting hate crimes for two reasons. One may seem not to be a hate crime, but yes. And the second is more. Because we can do a lot of research. “
There are two criteria for being considered a hate crime. Crime such as assault and vandalism must occur and be motivated by prejudices such as race, ethnicity, language, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, and gender.
Hatred cases are motivated by prejudice, but they may not be crimes. For example, racial slurs may be protected by the First Amendment.
Stephan says her office wants to hear about all the hatred-related incidents.
“Understand whether it’s a viable crime or just an incident that we can prevent and still use to investigate further,” Stephan said.
In some cases, she says, the reported hate crimes helped authorities stop potential hate crimes.
“The person made a nasty remark, but we saw that they had accumulated weapons of weapons,” Stephan said. “We were able to discover an imminent crime and stop it.”
Deputy District Attorney Leonard Trinh leads the Hate Climb Unit.
“No one is going to pay attention to it until we can accurately quantify how bad the problem is,” Trinh said.
Trin’s own family was the victim of a hate crime. His parents came from Vietnam to the United States and settled in an almost white community.
“They celebrated their heritage. They decorated our house and made it look very Asian. One of our neighbors didn’t like our house standing out, so he Kicked our fence and defeated some of our decorations, “Trin said. “My mother made a kind of retreat to a small Asian community that lived in our hometown and didn’t interact with others. As a result, her English suffered.”
Trinh says that victims of hate crimes and incidents can get help and resources.
“I think we can all do a better job by contacting the community, especially those that are targeted over and over again. And encourage them to report and they Encourage them to follow up on the incident, “said Trinh.
They receive more than 110 reports through the portal, hold virtual summits with community members, and provide citizens with legal information.
“And in return, we get better at hearing what we do every day to keep the people we hate, and we’re essentially accountable,” said Stefan.
The federal government is stepping up its efforts to track and prosecute hate crimes and outline plans that include training for federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to handle hate crimes.