Our hearts are heavy as we are witness once again to racially fueled violence in our country with the murders of eight people, six of whom were women of Asian descent. Racially motivated violence reopens deep wounds and trauma for many communities. As allies and caregivers, we are committed to serving and advocating for a diversity of clients with compassion and cultural sensitivity at all times, and we condemn this violence against the Asian community. Of course, words are not enough. We continue to act as allies and advocates for the communities we serve.
We also support stepping up education, advocacy efforts, and direct action aimed at preventing racial and gender-based violence. Thankfully, there have been inspiring efforts on the part of many of our elected officials. We are particularly grateful to Congresswoman Grace Meng, whose incredible testimony before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties conveys powerfully the “additional virus of hate and bigotry” that Asian Americans have painfully been facing, leaving them traumatized and fearful for their lives. We are not surprised by Congresswoman Meng’s passion, and we are grateful to her for her support of The Child Center and our ongoing partnership.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to the families and loved ones of those lost. Among them were Delaina Ashley Yaun, a mother of two; Paul Andre Michels, an Army veteran; Xiaojie Tan, a proud business owner and mom to a daughter who recently graduated from college; and Daoyou Feng. Elcias Hernandez-Ortiz, the only victim who survived, has a wife and daughter praying by his hospital bed in the intensive care unit. This morning we learned the names of the other victims: Soon Park, Hyun Grant, Suncha Kim, and Yong Yue. The loss of innocent people is an unacceptable tragedy that must not be ignored or forgotten. Hatred and violence has devastating consequences for real people, and we all must stand up to hate whenever and wherever it occurs.
As an organization supporting the emotional health of our communities and serving thousands of Asian families, we remain committed to supporting those families, as well as our Asian staff. If you are in need of support and resources, you can contact our Asian Outreach Program or family wellness staff at 718-830-5061, which is a 24/7 phone service.