Rep. Eshoo Votes to Strengthen Defenses Against Hate Crimes, Protect AAPI Communities

May 18, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, voted for S. 937, the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, landmark legislation that strengthens the nation’s defenses against hate crimes committed against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.

“Over the last year, there has been an exponential increase of anti-Asian rhetoric and hate crimes directed against the AAPI community. This intolerance is un-American and we cannot accept it,” said Rep. Eshoo. “Over the past several weeks, I’ve stood arm-in-arm at rallies with my AAPI brothers and sisters, colleagues, constituents, neighbors, and friends to fight xenophobia and celebrate the AAPI community, and I will continue doing so. We must stand together against bigotry and prosecute perpetrators of hate crimes and the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act does this by directing the DOJ to expedite review of hate crimes; strengthening hate crimes reporting by local, state, and Tribal agencies; and raising awareness about COVID-19-related hate crimes. I look forward to the President signing this landmark legislation into law.”