Washington, March 31
US President Joe Biden has announced additional actions to respond to the violence and xenophobia perpetrated against Asian Americans.
The announcements include reinstating and reinvigorating the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), with initial focus on anti-Asian bias and violence.
“We can’t be silent in the face of rising violence against Asian Americans,” 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.” The announcement also include allocation of $49.5 million from the American Rescue Plan to a new grant programme for community-based, culturally-specific services and programmes for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who face additional barriers, such as language access barriers, to services and safety. Biden, who during his prime time address had said anti-Asian violence was wrong and must stop, also announced to set up a Covid-19 Equity Task Force committee on addressing and ending xenophobia against Asian Americans and establishment of a Department of Justice cross-agency initiative to address anti-Asian violence. “A harm against any one of us is a harm against all of us,” Vice President Kamala Harris tweeted. “The President and I will not be silent which is why our administration is taking steps to address the rise in violence against the Asian American community, including an initiative to combat anti-Asian violence,” Harris said. PTI