Anti-AAPI Attacks and Moving Beyond; Update and Overview of Gibson Dunn's Recent efforts`

By Gibson Writers, Gibson Dunn |

Discrimination and prejudice against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities is not a new phenomenon.  However, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a surge in anti-AAPI harassment and hate crimes, with some institutions estimating a 124% increase in hate crimes between 2020 and 2021, followed by an even steeper 339% increase between 2021 and 2022.

Section I of this report examines obstacles that stand in the way of accountability from (a) a prosecutorial perspective and (b) from the perspective of victims.  Section II highlights the Firm’s efforts, which are ongoing on multiple fronts, and Section III outlines possible paths forward as we continue to combat anti-AAPI hate.