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NY attorney general launches hotline to report hate crimes against Asian Americans

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Updated: March 24, 2020 06:13 AM
Created: March 24, 2020 05:19 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced she is establishing a new hotline to report any hate crimes or bias-related incidents during the coronavirus pandemic.

James said in the past two months, particularly last week, her office has had a record number of reports in New York state of Asian Americans facing harassment or physical assault as a result of the pandemic. 

The attorney general's office also reports an increase in hate speech and anti-Asian rhetoric, terms like "Chinese virus" or "Wuhan virus" that have helped to enlarge the stigma against Asian communities. 

"As we face an unprecedented and uncertain time for New York, the United States, and the world, we must reiterate the fact that this pandemic does not give anyone an excuse to be racist, xenophobic, or biased,” James said.

Anyone who is experiencing this type of behavior can report it by emailing civil.rights@ag.ny.gov or calling 1-800-771-7755. 

The attorney general's office is also working to connect victims with resources, launching civil investigations and supporting local law enforcement.


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