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Lawmakers call on DOJ to implement hate crimes law after three men robbed 70 Asian women

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Despite the decreased media attention, hate crimes against Asian Americans are still on the rise. Since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic last year, hate crimes against the American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community have risen at alarming rates. The increase is mainly owing to racists and xenophobes blaming Asian Americans for the current pandemic.

As a result, legislation addressing hate crimes against the APPI community was passed in May for the first time in America’s history. However, the law has yet to be implemented. As crimes continue against the AAPI community, Democratic lawmakers are urging the Justice Department to quickly implement the law to expedite the review of anti-Asian hate crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic, NBC News reported.

In a letter sent to Attorney General Merrick Garland, Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono and New York Rep. Grace Meng highlighted key provisions of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act that are "critical to its effectiveness" and noted the agency should pay attention to them. "Full implementation of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act will help stem the tide against further violence," they said in the letter on Monday. The letter also highlights the increased violence against vulnerable community members, including women and the elderly.

The letter follows new data compiled by the FBI which indicates that hate crimes targeting people of Asian descent in the U.S. rose by 70% last year compared to the number of such incidents in 2019.........

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