Racial and Social Justice Task Force

Our Mission:

LACBA's President's Task Force on Racial and Social Justice is charged with promoting racial equity and social justice.  Leveraging the legal community's sense of justice, passion and resources, the task force seeks to explore relevant racial and social justice issues through conversations and programs in order to identify solutions.





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Hate Incidents Against Asian Americans




LASC's Statement Denouncing Race-Based Violence




OUR PAST EVENTS:


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Racial Justice and the Rise of the Progressive Prosecutor Movement
April 14, 2021

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Racial Justice Speakers Series – The Intricacies of a Peaceful Transition of Power
Recorded January 21, 2021


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Our first event:  

Racial Justice Speakers Series – a panel discussion entitled “Racial Justice:  Where Do We Start?

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LACBA PRESIDENT’S RACIAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE TASK FORCE

Surge of Assaults and Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans

 

 

LACBA STATEMENT

Los Angeles, California – March 10, 2021 The Los Angeles County Bar Association (“LACBA”) unequivocally condemns the recent unprovoked attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (“AAPI”) across the nation and calls for all members of the Los Angeles legal community to stand up against anti-Asian hate and racism in all forms.

According to a recent study by the Asian American Bar Association of New York, there were more than 2,500 reports of anti-Asian hate incidents related to COVID-19 between March and September 2020 in the United States. According to a report presented to the Los Angeles Police Commission, 2020 saw a 114% increase in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans. These statistics grossly understate the actual number of anti-Asian hate incidents because of under-reporting by victims and under-counting by law enforcement.

The rash of incidents in California, including the Los Angeles metropolitan area, has included attacks on frail senior citizens walking alone in their neighborhoods, resulting in death and serious injury. Civic leaders, including local prosecutors, have condemned such vicious anti-Asian hate.

Local bar associations, including the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County (APABA) and LACBA’s affiliate, the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association, have called for the public and legal community to act against hate incidents targeted at members of the AAPI community. APABA stated that it “strongly condemns the appalling rise in violence and hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in California and across the nation.” As LACBA President Tamie Jensen noted, “we at LACBA condemn these cowardly acts and stand in solidarity with the AAPI community. Every person is entitled to personal security and the protection of the law.

LACBA was founded in 1878 and is one of the largest voluntary metropolitan bar associations in the country. LACBA is committed to working with Southern California’s affinity bar associations to ensure equality under the law for all people.

https://www.lacba.org/docs/default-source/news/lacba-statement-on-increase-in-hate-incidents_031021.pdf

 

 

DEFINITIONS AND REPORTING HATE CRIMES

 

Federal Definition: A hate crime includes crimes committed based on the victim’s perceived or actual race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability.

Reporting: Any individual who has been a victim of a suspected hate crime or has witnessed a hate crime should report these incidents to their local police department first. In addition to local police, incidents should be reported to the local FBI field office and state attorney general's office.

 

NATIONWIDE AND LOCAL STATEMENTS & CALLS TO ACTION

WHITE HOUSE:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/03/30/fact-sheet-president-biden-announces-additional-actions-to-respond-to-anti-asian-violence-xenophobia-and-bias/

 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/03/19/statement-by-president-biden-on-the-covid-19-hate-crimes-act/

 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/26/memorandum-condemning-and-combating-racism-xenophobia-and-intolerance-against-asian-americans-and-pacific-islanders-in-the-united-states/

 

U.S. DOJ:

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/readout-department-justice-s-efforts-combat-hate-crimes-against-asian-american-and-pacific

 

ABA:

https://www.americanbar.org/groups/crsj/events_cle/recent/covid-threats-to-democracy/

LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT:

https://www.lacba.org/docs/default-source/lasc-releases/21-nr-pj_statement_03_24_21.pdf

 

CALIFORNIA CHIEF JUSTICE:

https://newsroom.courts.ca.gov/news/california-chief-justice-responds-violence-against-asians-and-asian-americans

 

https://newsroom.courts.ca.gov/news/supreme-court-california-issues-statement-equality-and-inclusion

 

FBA-LA

http://www.fbala.org/emails/2021-03-30FBA-LAChapterStatement.pdf

 

NAPABA:

https://www.napaba.org/page/StandAgainstHate

 

National Crime Victim Bar Association:

https://mailchi.mp/ncvc/cvcc-802174?e=5dcddc3ef8

 

APAWLA:

http://www.apawla.org/docs/Stmt_on_AAPI_Violence_03_17_21_redacted.pdf

 

Asian American Bar of New York

https://www.aabany.org/page/933

 

OCBA:http://www.ocbar.org/All-News/News-View/ArticleId/6042/OCBA-Statement-on-the-Rise-in-Anti-Asian-Hate-Incidents

 

SCCLA: https://www.sccla.org/

 

APABA: http://www.apaba.org/news/10089988

 

Illinois AG: https://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/pressroom/2020_04/20200420.html

 

WALALA:https://myemail.constantcontact.com/WOMEN-LAWYERS-ASSOCIATION-OF-LOS-ANGELES---STATEMENT-CONDEMNING-HATE-AND-RACISM-AGAINST-THE-ASIAN-AMERICAN-PACIFIC-ISLANDER-COMM.html?soid=1131275551772&aid=HUB2w5IeW4k

 

 

 

 

RESOURCES

RESPONDING TO HATE & TOOLKITS

 

 

WEBINARS

 

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VIDEOS

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TRAININGS

 

LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY SAFETY GROUPS

 

EDUCATE YOURSELF: CAUSES AND HISTORY

 

RESEARCH MATERIALS FOR LEGAL AND SOCIAL STUDIES

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OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER & DONATE

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COLLECTION OF ARTICLES:

NATIONWIDE INCREASE OF ATTACKS AGAINST ASIAN-AMERICANS

 

https://www-cnbc-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.cnbc.com/amp/2021/05/21/why-asian-americans-on-wall-street-are-breaking-their-silence.html 

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/04/08/arts/asian-american-photos-love.html?smid=tw-share&s=03

https://www.wsj.com/articles/from-bts-to-britain-anti-asian-racism-gets-new-attention-outside-the-u-s-11617201163?redirect=amp#click=https://t.co/bW7qp8FnJI

https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/local/texas/texas-ranks-4th-in-anti-asian-racist-incidents-how-to-stop-the-aapi-hate/287-6f10e1f8-64c4-4434-8be3-71fca2eb8a3e

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/9551446/rihanna-attends-stop-asian-hate-rally

https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2020/10/16/china-mac-prisoner-turned-rapper-fights-for-justice-for-asian-americans

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/03/18/grace-meng-says-republicans-putting-bulls-eye-asian-americans/4750031001/ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UszcGzeySl0)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-30/youtube-refuses-to-remove-anti-asian-song-drawing-staff-ire

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/9551446/rihanna-attends-stop-asian-hate-rally

https://abc7news.com/society/bay-area-filmmaker-releases-psa-calling-to-end-anti-asian-hate/10441788/

https://abc7news.com/amp/san-francisco-asian-attack-sf-stop-hate-aapi/10449226/?__twitter_impression=true

https://asamnews.com/2020/03/31/fbi-asian-american-family-of-three-knifed-in-coronavirus-hate-crime/

https://www.aaja.org/2021/03/16/aaja-hq-commends-journalists-who-have-championed-coverage-of-aapi-experiences-during-this-period-of-increased-anti-asian-incidents/

 

March 16, 2021: Atlanta Massacre:

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/03/19/us/atlanta-shootings-massage-spa

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/18/us/politics/asian-politicians-racism.html

 

https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/19/politics/biden-harris-atlanta/index.html

 

Asian American Bar Association of New York, “A Rising Tide of Hate and Violence Against Asian Americans in New York During COVID-19:  Impact, Causes, Solutions” (2021)

https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.aabany.org/resource/resmgr/press_releases/2021/A_Rising_Tide_of_Hate_and_Vi.pdf       

 

4,000 Anti-Asian Hate Incidents in 2020

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/anti-asian-racism-covid-19_n_6050afe4c5b6ce1016422d47?47

 

NPR, March 7, 2021, All Things Considered:  “Stories Shed Light on Recent Attacks Against Asian Americans”

https//www.npr.org/2021/03/07/974617790/stories-shed-light-on-recent-attacks-on-asian-americans

 

L.A. Times, March 5, 2021:  “Anti-Asian hate crimes and harassment rise to historic levels during COVID-19 pandemic.”

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-03-05/anti-asian-crimes-harassment

 

CNN, March 5, 2021:  “Attacks on Asian Americans are on the rise:  Here is what you can do.”

https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/05/us/how-to-support-the-aapi-community-iyw-trnd/index.html

 

L.A. Times, March 2, 2021:  “Hate crimes against Asian Americans rose in L.A. in 2020, mirroring national trend.”

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-03-02/lapd-officials-community-advocates-say-hate-crimes-against-asian-americans-on-rise-in-l-a-mirroring-national-trend

 

Voice of America, March 2, 2021:  “Hate Crimes Targeting Asian Americans Spiked 150% in Major US Cities.”

https://www.voanews.com/usa/race-america/hate-crimes-targeting-asian-americans-spiked-150-major-us-cities

 

New York Times, February 27, 2021:   “Attacks on Asian Americans in New York Stoke Fear, Anxiety, and Anger.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/26/nyregion/asian-hate-crimes-attacks-ny.html

 

San Francisco Chronicle, February 27, 2021:  “There’s been a surge of attacks against Asian Americans:  Asians in the Bay Area say the hostility is  nothing new.”

https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/There-s-been-a-surge-of-attacks-against-Asian-15969890.php

 

KQED, February 12, 2021:  “700 Anti-Asian hate incidents reported in Bay Area in 2020 – True figures might be even worse”

https://www.kqed.org/news/11859965/700-anti-asian-hate-incidents-reported-in-bay-area-during-pandemic-true-figures-might-be-even-worse

 

Stop AAPI Hate, December 23, 2020, Los Angeles County Report, 3/20/21-10/28/20:

https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/a1w.90d.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Los-Angeles-3.20-11.30-SAH-report-FINAL.pdf



 

Task Force Members


 
Philip H Lam  Philip H. Lam  Bio 
Chair
Los Angeles City Attorney's Office
 EC_Dominguez E. Carlos Dominguez, Vice Chair  Bio
California Attorney General’s Office
Hobbs Bio    Lynne Hobbs, Vice Chair  Bio
Los Angeles County Superior Court
     
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Ann I. Park  Bio
Vice Chair
Foley & Mansfield, PLLP
Executive Director Stan Bissey Stanley Bissey
Ex Officio
Los Angeles County Bar Association

 Evynn Davis

Evynn Davis
Alternate Public Defender Los Angeles



 Reema1

Reema M. El-Amamy
US Attorneys Office

 

Tamila C. Jensen  Bio
Law Office of Tamila C. Jensen P.C.

J_Kronstadt

Jessica Kronstadt  Bio
Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office

     
 Theresa Macellaro   Theresa J. Macellaro  Bio
The Macellaro Firm
     
    Jason Parnell
Winston & Strawn LLP
     
 Seck   Ibiere Seck, Esq.  Bio
Seck Law, P.C.
 
     
 Gerges-Shields   Rasha G. Shields  Bio
Jones Day
     
 Taing   Leana Taing  Bio
Office of County Counsel
     
 kendra-t-headshot   Kendra Thomas  Bio
Thomas Law Offices
     
Toney1    Kimberly S. Toney  Bio
Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office