WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) announced she has joined Senate colleagues in a letter urging the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) to issue guidance to federal agencies on preventing and addressing anti-Asian racism and xenophobia related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
“There has been a ‘surge’ of reports of incidents of racist and xenophobic verbal attacks and physical assault against Asian Americans to tip lines and news outlets across the country, with reports of many Asian Americans expressing fear for their physical safety and that of their family members and friends. In addition, anti-Asian stigma has led to a reported slump in activity in Asian-owned restaurants and businesses,” wrote Senator Rosen. “In order to reduce the dangerous and hateful spread of anti-Asian sentiment that is on the rise during this pandemic, we respectfully request that USCCR issue such guidance without delay, and that it take into account language accessibility for Asian Americans with limited English proficiency.”
Read Senator Rosen’s full letter here.
BACKGROUND: Last year, Senator Rosen was inducted as an Associate Member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC).