Congressman Al Green Supports COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

May 18, 2021

(Washington, D.C.) – On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, Congressman Al Green released the following statement in support of S. 937, the Senate-passed COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act:

“On March 28, 2021, I was brought to tears as I met with the families of Xiaojie ‘Emily’ Tan and Yong Ae Yue – two of the eight innocent lives that were mercilessly taken at the hands of hate in Atlanta, Georgia, earlier this year. Days later, my tears returned as I watched the brutal, hate-filled attack on an Asian woman headed to church in Manhattan, New York City. I proudly support the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act passed by the Senate with these victims – and more than 3,800 others over the past year – in mind,” said Congressman Al Green, who serves as an Executive Board Member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. “The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act will establish protocols that it should not have taken a pandemic or a 150% increase in reported anti-Asian hate crimes to implement.”

“This legislation requires a designated officer or Department of Justice (DOJ) employee to facilitate expedited review of hate crimes and reported hate crimes. It requires the DOJ issue guidance for state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies on establishing online hate crime reporting processes. It establishes grants for states to create hate crime reporting hotlines.”

Congressman Green added, “The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act would help us to not only address the uptick in hate crimes during the unprecedented coronavirus crisis; it would help us appropriately address, respond to, and ultimately prevent hate crimes in the future. I urge its passage and enactment.”