OCA Response to 2017 FBI Hate Crime Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

13 November 2018

Contact: Thu Nguyen | Senior Communications Associate

tnguyen@ocanational.org | 202.223.5500

Washington, DC – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is alarmed by the increase in hate crimes as detailed in the 2017 FBI Hate Crimes Report that was released Tuesday morning.

The report shows a continued increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs.) Anti-Asian incidents increased sixteen percent for a total of 131 in 2017, and anti-Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander incidents increased fifty-six percent to 16 in 2017. However, due to systemic underreporting, the reality for AAPIs is not accurately represented by this data.

“Since OCA’s founding, we have fought tirelessly against anti-AAPI hate crimes,” said Sharon M. Wong, OCA National President. “Unfortunately, the bigotry and hatred did not start with the murder of Vincent Chin, and has not ended since then. Hate crimes are vastly underreported, whether that be due to the system or due to the fear that minority and marginalized communities have internalized. It is our job to be responsible in cultivating a more inclusive society, free from prejudice and fear. While law enforcement must improve their training to identify hate crimes against these communities and better respond to them, OCA will continue to work on the ground to foster a stronger society in which our community feels safer.”

Individuals can report incidents of hate at the OCA AAPI Hate Crimes Reporting Website, which can be found at aapihatecrimes.org.

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