The Biden administration announced new actions in response to “anti-Asian violence, xenophobia, and bias” in the wake of recent attacks against Asian American and Pacific Islander individuals in the U.S.
The movement comes after the recent growing violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders—where a man was recently captured on video physically assaulting a 65-year-old Asian woman outside an N.Y. apartment building—and 6 Asian women were killed in Atlanta two weeks ago.
“We can’t be silent in the face of rising violence against Asian Americans,” President Joe Biden tweeted.
“That’s why today I’m taking additional steps to respond – including establishing an initiative at the Department of Justice to address anti-Asian crimes. These attacks are wrong, un-American, and must stop.”
A White House fact sheet said the measures were necessary “to advance equity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities through a whole-of-government approach to racial justice.”
The changes include establishing a DOJ “cross-agency initiative” to track anti-Asian hate crime reports, where the FBI will conduct “civil rights training events to promote state and local law enforcement reporting of hate crimes.”
CBS News reports that the Biden administration said that it’s reinstating the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, expanding the initiative’s original mandate to include coordination across federal agencies to respond to anti-Asian bias and violence.