Bill targets anti-Asian hate crimes tied to COVID-19

The AMA supports the “COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act” that passed the U.S. Senate on a 94–1 vote and will soon be taken up by the House of Representatives.

“This legislation seeks to address the ongoing hate and violence targeted at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by providing greater assistance with law-enforcement response to COVID-19 hate crimes,” AMA Executive Vice President and CEO James L. Madara, MD, wrote in a letter of endorsement shared with the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Mazie K. Hirono of Hawaii and Rep. Grace Meng of New York City.

My latest for the AMA. The whole shebang.