New York, NY–Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, New York City has witnessed a disturbing rise of anti-Asian incidents. In response, the New York Immigration Coalition joined calls for deeper investments in mental health services and a concerted effort to combat bigotry and prejudice.
Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:
“Since the start of this pandemic, we have warned that the steady rise in vile anti-Asian bigotry would result in tragedy. Sadly, multiple incidents have proven us correct over the past few years. This weekend’s brutal murder of a young Asian New Yorker is only the latest example of the cost of doing nothing. By supporting the organizations already working in these communities, providing language-appropriate mental health services, and providing resources for community-led healing, our elected leaders can start to undo the damage of the last year. We stand with our Asian American members and immigrant communities in demanding justice and action.”