Queens lawmaker secures millions to help implement COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

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John Yang, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, said the grant program demonstrates a commitment for community-based responses to anti-Asian hate and racism, and builds upon the historic COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act passed in May. 

Yang further added that they’re pleased that congress will be funding community organizations that have the cultural competency to reach, serve and support the diverse Asian American communities through mental health services, public education campaigns, training on how to respond to anti-Asian hate and harassment and more. 

“We thank Rep. Grace Meng for her strong and steadfast advocacy to ensure that Congress follows through on its promises to meet the needs of our communities,” Yang said. “We also extend our appreciation to the organizations that have long been working, and have stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect and support those who are the most vulnerable.”