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This page contains resources compiled by Helping Give Away Psychological Science (HGAPS) for individuals and communities handling the increasing violence and hate against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Different factors have contributed to an increase in hate crimes and discrimination against AAPIs since March of 2020, the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic. As a result, AAPI communities and organizations serving them have created and compiled resources to aid AAPI individuals experiencing hate and discrimination. This page is not a comprehensive list of all resources available, but serves as a starting point for anybody trying to find help.

Violence against AAPI communities have seen a rise since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic with rhetoric blaming the COVID-19 pandemic on Chinese Americans being utilized as justification for harassment and violence against all AAPI communities across the United States. “Anti-Asian hate crime in 16 of America’s largest cities increased 145% in 2020 according to an analysis of official preliminary police data by the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, with the first spike occurring in March and April amidst a rise in COVID cases and negative stereotyping of Asians relating to the pandemic” (Anti-Asian Prejudice March 2021 Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism). The most publicized crime involving Asian American victims in mainstream media occurred on March 16, 2021, when a white man shot and killed 8 people, 6 of which were Asian women (New York Times). While authorities have stated that his motives were unclear, a Korean newspaper reported that an eyewitness heard the man state “kill all Asians” (Chosun Ilbo). More information regarding the recent wave of anti-AAPI racism and the history of racism against AAPIs can be found here.

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Lifelines[edit | edit source]

Disclaimer: If you are experiencing an emergency that is on-going, call 911.

This section contains resources to contact when experiencing distressing, non-emergency situations. Some resources provided below offer services for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and in other languages. Check the descriptions to see if the resource is available in a language that is comfortable for you.

Figure 1. Mental health resource utilization has historically been and is currently the least in Asian American groups.
  1. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    • Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
      • Or 1-800-799-4889 if you are hard of hearing
    • 24/7 support
    • Immediate crisis counseling and mental health referrals for people thinking about self-harm, suicide, or are worried for a friend or family member.
    • Available in: English, Spanish.
  2. 24hr Asian LifeNet Hotline
    • 1-877-990-8585
    • Provides free and confidential crisis counseling, mental health referrals, and information regarding mental health for AAPIs.
    • Available in: Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Fujianese.
  3. Crisis Text Line
    • Text “HELLO” to 741741
    • 24/7 support
    • Connects anyone, anywhere with a crisis counselor for support, resources, and information.
    • Available in: English.
  4. National Domestic Violence Hotline
    • 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
    • Provides assistance to survivors of domestic abuse.
    • Available in: English, Spanish.
  5. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine
    • 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
    • Provides information, resource referrals, and support for free.
    • Monday - Friday; 10 am to 8 pm
    • Available in: English, Spanish.
  6. Kiran 24 hour crisis line
    • 1-877-625-4726
    • 24-hour, round-the-clock, confidential assistance for South Asian victims of domestic violence from one of their intensively trained crisis counselors.
    • Available in: English.
  7. RAINN
    • 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
      • “The National Sexual Assault Hotline is available 24/7. You'll be connected to a trained staff member from a local sexual assault service prover in your area.”
      • For emergencies, please call 911, however RAINN can also help you connect to medical services.
      • Available in: English, Spanish.
    • RAINN Online Chat
    • RAINN Línea de Ayuda Online

Resources for Reporting Hate Crimes[edit | edit source]

Figure 2. Asians of diverse ages and backgrounds are currently suffering from mental health problems due to the adverse effects of hate crimes. Youth may experience this in school settings, while adults may confront hate crimes in everyday settings.

This section contains services and resources to report hate crimes and to receive assistance after reporting a hate crime. Some of the resources listed are available in different languages.

  1. NAPABA Hate Crime Resources
    • “NAPABA has established pro bono legal resources to ensure that local communities have legal resources to address the most egregious hate-fueled attacks against our community.”
    • Available in: English.
  2. Stop AAPI Hate
    • “The center tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in California and where possible throughout the United States.”
    • Available in: English, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Tagalog, Thai, Khmer, Hmong, Punjabi, Hindi.
  3. 24hr Asian LifeNet Hotline
    • 1-877-990-8585
    • Available in: Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Fujianese.
  4. Stand Against Hatred
    • Stand Against Hatred is an initiative started by Asian Americans Advancing Justice to report and track incidents of hate against AAPI communities.
    • Available in: Chinese (traditional and simplified), Korean, and Vietnamese.
  5. Muslim Advocates
    • Reporting for discrimination faced by Muslims in America
    • Available in: English.
  6. AAPI Hate Incident Form
    • OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates’ hate incidents reporting form.
    • Available in: English.
  7. South Asian Americans Leading Together
    • Hate crime reporting for South Asian Americans.
    • Available in: English.
  8. When Hate Hits You
    • Guide to reporting hate crimes for AAPI members
    • Educating on hate crimes and gives examples
    • Speaks about importance of reporting hate crimes and how to respond to them
    • Available in: English.
  9. Reporting Hate-Motivated Crimes in Minnesota
    • Includes cards with different languages
    • Toll free number 1-833-454-0148
    • Available in: Vietnamese, Burmese, Chinese (traditional), Hmong, Thai, Lao, Khmer.

Mental Health Resources[edit | edit source]

Figure 3. While we are seeing an increased rate of sinophobic acts towards elderly Asian Americans, these individuals are the least likely of any demographic to utilize mental health resources.

This section contains resources to find mental health assistance and information regarding mental health for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Some of the resources offered are available in different languages.

  1. Asian American Psychological Association
  2. National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
    • Provides mental health and behavioral services for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.
    • Available in: English.
  3. Kiran: South Asian Domestic Violence Resources
    • Kiran provides services and empowers South Asian victims of Domestic Violence all across North Carolina.
    • Available in: English.
  4. South Asian Therapists.org
    • Directory of South Asian therapists, including therapists of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Afghan, and Nepali heritage.
    • Available in: English.
  5. Asian Mental Health Collective
  6. Asian American Christian Counseling Service
    • Non-profit program that focuses on integrating biblical faith with Asian American cultural traditions through professional counseling and psychotherapy.
    • Available in: English.
  7. 24hr Asian LifeNet Hotline
    • 1-877-990-8585
    • Available in: Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Fujianese
  8. MannMukti
    • An organization dedicated to encouraging healthy, open dialogue of mental health issues in an effort to remove stigma, improve awareness and promote self-care, especially within the South Asian community.
    • They offer a variety of resources and infographics as well as a large community forum and a list of resources by faith.
    • Available in: English.
  9. Asian-American InterCommunity Service
    • A non-profit organization dedicated to the health and well-being of the communities around us with a preferential focus on the under-served and hard-to-reach population segments.
    • Available in: English.

Scholarships[edit | edit source]

This section contains scholarships for AAPI students who need financial support when attending higher education. Requirements for applying are listed below each scholarship. All scholarships are in English.

  1. Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Scholarship
    • $2,500-$15,000 scholarships for Asian and/or Pacific Islander students.  Students must be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia or the Republic of Palau. 
    • Requires a 2.7 GPA, short answer responses/essay, letter of recommendations, and FAFSA application.
  2. Asian Pacific Fund
    • 12 different scholarships supporting undergraduate and graduate Asian American and Pacific Islander students in various fields of study.
    • Requirements and eligibility vary by scholarships.
  3. Asian Women in Business (AWIB) Scholarship
    • The Asian Women in Business Scholarship encourages and promotes exceptional Asian female students who have demonstrated scholarship, leadership, community service and/ or entrepreneurship. The AWIB Scholarship awards students who have the attributes to be our next generation of leaders.
    • Students must be US citizens or permanent residents, must have a 3.0/4.0 GPA, demonstrated leadership in a community endeavor, and/or record of entrepreneurial achievement.
  4. Chinese American Medical Society Scholarship
    • Since the early 1970's, the Chinese American Medical Society has provided scholarships to outstanding medical students in need of financial assistance. The scholarship awards 3-5 scholarships annually to students of Chinese descent in the field of medicine, dentistry, and science. Medical and dental school enrollment is required, along with letters of recommendations and proof of good academic standing.
  5. Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF)
    • For undergraduate and graduate Muslim students in non-science and ISF supported majors. Supported majors can be found on the ISF website.
    • Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher and be US citizens or permanent residents.
  6. Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF)
    • The Korean American Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit, volunteer-managed organization established to help meet the financial needs of Korean-American students seeking higher education. KASF offers scholarships to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students for various fields of study. In addition, KASF also provides scholarships for qualified descendants of Korean War American veterans depending on funding availability.
  7. Korean Ancestry Grant at the William Orr Dingwall Foundation
    • The Korean Ancestry Grant supports many immigrant students in their pursuit of undergraduate degrees in various fields of study.
    • Students must have a 3.5 GPA and be of Asian ancestry, with at least one Asian grandparent. There is a strong preference for applicants of Korean ancestry. A personal statement, letters of recommendations, and official transcripts are required.
  8. South Asian Journalists Association  
    • The South Asian Journalists Association and SAJA Group Inc. award five scholarships for South Asian students pursuing a career in journalism.  
  9. Organization of Chinese Americans
    • For over ten years, OCA has provided assistance to deserving APA students to achieve the ultimate dream of a college education. The diverse scholarships are based on factors such as achievement and financial need. These scholarships are available to APA high school seniors entering their first year of college in the upcoming fall quarter or semester.  
  10. APIA Scholarship Program
    • Scholarship awards range from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $20,000 awards. APIA Scholars provides scholarships to underserved APIA students with a special focus on those who:
      1. Live at or below the poverty level, or are otherwise of low socioeconomic status
      2. Are the first in their families to attend college
      3. Are representative of the APIA community’s diversity, (geographically and ethnically}, especially those ethnicities that have been underrepresented on college campuses due to limited access and opportunity; and
      4. Have placed a strong emphasis on community service and leadership as well as solid academic achievement.

Pro Bono Legal and Community Resources[edit | edit source]

This section contains resources for AAPIs who need legal and financial assistance after they have experienced a hate crime or discrimination. The resources listed below can be contacted to find more information about the types of legal and financial assistance they can provide. All resources are in English.

  1. Asian Americans Advancing Justice
    • The AAJC is a national 501 (c)(3) nonprofit fighting for Asian American civil rights through education, litigation, and public policy advocacy.
  2. Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
    • AALDEF for legal assistance at 1-800-966-5946
  3. Legal Services Corporation
    • The Legal Services Corporation provides financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans.
    • Translation tool available.
  4. Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council (A3PCON)
    • The A3PCON tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in California and where possible throughout the United States.
  5. Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
    • “CAIR’s vision is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding working to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.”
  6. Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
    • “Founded in 1929, the JACL is the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in the United States. The JACL monitors and responds to issues that enhance or threaten the civil and human rights of all Americans and implements strategies to effect positive social change, particularly to the Asian Pacific American community.”
  7. OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates
    • “OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates is dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).”
    • https://www.ocanational.org/pro-bono-legal-services
      • A list of more pro bono legal sources provided by OCA.
  8. Muslim Advocates
    • Muslim Advocates is an organization that is tracking and monitoring hate crime incidents, studying trends, seeking justice for victims, and shifting the political environment that gives license to commit violence against people and attacks on mosques.
  9. South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
    • SAALT’s Acts of Hate Database contains a live document updated daily tracking reported hate crimes across the United States.
  10. The Sikh Coalition
    • “The Sikh Coalition's direct legal work effectively combats bias-motivated violence across the country.”
  11. 8449nohate.org
    • 1-844-9NOHATE (66-4283)
    • The hotline provides assistance with legal and social services in a number of languages.

Recent Statistics on AAPI Violence[edit | edit source]

Figure 4. According to self-reports from Stop AAPI Hate, Asian-American hate crimes have experienced a 1900% increase from 2019. The most targeted group for sinophobic acts are Asian American elders, ages 60 and up.

This section contains recent articles and information regarding the uptick in hate crimes against AAPIs in the United States following the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic. All resources are in English.

Trigger Warning: Some of the statistics and information may be disturbing for some individuals as the articles and resources discuss violence against AAPIs. Please be aware and take a break from this information if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or distressed.

  1. A Rising Tide of Hate and Violence against Asian Americans in New York During COVID-19: Impact, Causes, Solutions
    • Published by the Asian American Bar Association of New York and Paul, Weiss
    • Released on January 27, 2021
  2. Statistics on Types of Discrimination Against Asian Americans (specifically elders)
    • Written by Shawna Chen
    • Released on February 14, 2021
  3. NYPD Citywide Crime Statistics (focuses on rise in anti-Asian attacks)
    • Published by the New York Police Department
    • Released on December 4, 2020
  4. Instagram Post from @dearasianyouth on Asian Elder Hate Crimes
    • Posted by @dearasianyouth
    • Released on February 8, 2021
  5. FACT SHEET: Anti-Asian Prejudice
    • Released by the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism
    • Released on March 2021
  6. 'Resist Reducing Them to Statistics': Anti-Asian Violence in the Face of COVID-19
    • Published by Columbia News (Jennifer Lee and Tiffany Huang)
    • Released on March 19, 2021

General Assistance[edit | edit source]

This section contains resources that can provide assistance for individuals who have been victims of any type of crime. Some resources are provided in alternate languages.

  1. National Organization for Victim Assistance
    • 1-800-TRY-NOVA (879-6682)
    • NOVA can help locate a local service provider and resources for victims.
    • They directly provide professional training, education, and resources to support victim assistance providers.
  2. Victim Connect Resource Center
    • 1-855-4VICTIM (84-2846)
    • Online Chat: chat.victimconnect.org
    • Web-based information and service referrals: VictimConnect.org
    • “The VictimConnect Resource Center is a referral helpline where crime victims can learn about their rights and options confidentially and compassionately.”
    • Available in multiple languages.
  3. Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service (CRS)
    • “CRS works toward its mission by providing facilitated dialogue, mediation, training, and consultation to assist these communities to come together, develop solutions to the conflict, and enhance their capacity to independently prevent and resolve future conflict.”
    • Available in: English, Spanish.
  4. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
    • General Website
      • “OVC is committed to enhancing the Nation’s capacity to assist crime victims and to providing leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime.”
    • Help in Your State
      1. “All states receive Federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds from OVC to help support crime victim assistance and compensation programs.”
        1. To access these compensation programs follow the link above.
    • Toll Free and Online Hotlines
      1. “If you are a victim of crime, you have many rights and services available to help you. Use the following contact list to get help or find additional information.”
        1. The list provides phone numbers and websites that can be used to request help for numerous reasons.
  1. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL)
    • “The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) supports the Department's mission to secure the nation while preserving individual liberty, fairness, and equality under the law.”
  2. VINE
    • VINE is a confidential source to find custody status and criminal case information
    • Available in multiple languages.

Trainings and Workshops[edit | edit source]

This section contains training materials for individuals or communities looking to educate themselves about AAPI discrimination and how they can help AAPI individuals within their community. All resources are in English.

  1. Hollaback bystander intervention training
    1. Free bystander intervention training in partnership with the AAJC to stop anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment
    2. The one-hour, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!’s 5D’s of bystander intervention methodology. We’ll start by talking about the types of disrespect that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now — from microaggressions to violence — using a tool we call the “spectrum of disrespect.” You’ll learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities.
  2. MoCo Bystander Intervention Training Materials
    1. Bystander intervention training materials based on principles of nonviolence, de-escalation, and compassion.
    2. Provided by the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition
    3. Our Bystander Intervention training was created so that communities could do two things:
      1. To provide a community service that would increase the likelihood that people will step up to support any community member who is being harassed. We do this by grounding our training in nonviolence, de-escalation, and compassion for others.
      2. To use the trainings to provide a conduit for people to become interested in becoming progressive political activists and to help them find community groups who are doing activist work that challenges systemic injustices.
  3. Take A Stand In Your Community
    1. “This Action Kit provides advice and resources to assist community leaders, members and local government leaders with effective ways to respond to and prevent hate crimes and bias incidents.”
    2. Provided by Not in Our Town
    3. Includes Resources for:
      1. Report Hate
      2. Leadership
      3. Films & Videos
      4. Resources
  4. Community Response Toolkit
    1. “This resource kit provides information on how communities can respond when hate groups host rallies in their towns, and leaflet their campuses or neighborhoods. It provides an overview of hate crime laws, background information on hate groups, the First Amendment, as well as action items for concerned citizens, and steps an individual or institution should take if they experience hate.”
    2. Provided by the Stop Hate Project and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law