The White House detailed actions on Tuesday to address violence against Asian-Americans, including training for local governments on anti-Asian bias, increasing accessibility to hate crime data and establishing nearly $50 million in grants to support survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who face language barriers.
“We can’t be silent in the face of rising violence against Asian Americans,” President Biden wrote in a tweet on Tuesday, adding, “These attacks are wrong, un-American, and must stop.”
The response from the Biden administration comes after a mass shooting in Atlanta this month in which a gunman killed eight people, six of whom were women of Asian descent.
And video of a man kicking a 65-year-old woman to the ground in broad daylight in New York on Monday while making anti-Asian remarks was also widely shared on social media and added to the growing list of violent crimes against Asians, which advocates have said has been exacerbated by the pandemic.
The White House released a statement on Tuesday announcing efforts to combat bias against Asian-Americans that included appointing a director to lead a White House review of policies across the government impacting Asian, Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.
As a part of Mr. Biden’s stimulus relief package, the Health and Human Services Department also established grants for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who because of language barriers may struggle to get help.
“This program will expand services to domestic violence survivors from Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities,” according to the White House statement.
The Justice Department will publish a new hate crimes page with a spotlight on attacks against Asians, and the F.B.I. will also soon hold civil rights training events to encourage reporting of hate crimes. Language barriers and concerns over questions of immigration status have made some victims reluctant to report crimes in the past.
The White House has faced criticism from the Senate’s two Asian-American Democrats who have criticized the administration for a lack of representation of Asian-American and Pacific Islanders among his top officials. The administration responded by saying it would appoint a senior official to focus on Asian-American priorities and conduct outreach to such communities.
Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, said on Tuesday that the administration plans to meet with Asian-American community leaders in the coming weeks.