Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $400,000)
Applicant Name: The Committee of 100 (a 501(c)(3) organization)
Project Title: A Comprehensive and Coordinated Response to Anti-Asian Hate crimes in NYC
Amount Requested: $300,000
Other Federal Funding: None
Priority Consideration: Seeking priority consideration under 1(A) and 1(B) - Discussed in pages 10-12, 14-18 of the proposal
Since March 2020, communities across the United States have witnessed an historic rise in anti-Asian hate crimes. Indeed, data collected by the FBI and by community organizations like Stop AAPI Hate, demonstrate that over the past year, anti-Asian hate crimes/incidents increased by 35%. In New York City – the jurisdiction that is the focus of this proposal – anti-Asian hate crimes make up approximately 22.6% of all hate crimes reported to the NYPD. The problem is even worse in Manhattan, where Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) make up 16.7% of the population but where a hugely disproportionate 58.8% of anti-Asian hate crimes occur. In addition, not only are Asians more likely than any other racial or ethnic group to live in fear that they may be threatened or physically attacked, but for a host of reasons addressed as a part of this proposal, AAPI victims are also the least likely to report a hate crime to law enforcement.
To respond to this troubling escalation in anti-Asian hate incidents, as well as the problematic lack of reporting of these incidents in the AAPI community, the Committee of 100 (C100) is seeking grant funding under the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community-based Approaches to Prevent and Address Hate Crimes program in the amount of $300,000 to be used over a 3-year period.
These grant funds will be used to accomplish three goals: 1) the standardization of community-based anti-Asian hate crime data; 2) the development and implementation of an anti-Asian hate crime awareness campaign; and 3) the development and implementation of an AAPI curriculum for K-12 students focused on Asian American history and culture as an anti-Asian hate crime prevention measure. Importantly, the project will include the development of a set of criminal reporting standards and protocols that is widely accepted by AAPI community leaders and organizations and is based on common definitions of bias-motivated crimes and uniform reporting procedures.
As a part of this proposal, C100 will work with the following non-profit community organizations: The American Defamation League, The Asian American Education Project, and The Yellow Whistle.