The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) submit written testimony for the record for the March 18, 2021 hearing before the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee entitled “Discrimination and Violence Against Asian Americans.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted AA NHPI communities in multiple ways. AA NHPI communities face a public health emergency and a spate of violence and xenophobic hate since the beginning of the pandemic, but these issues have started far beyond the scope of COVID-19. APIAHF has  worked collaboratively with racial justice and health equity partners to address the health and racial disparities that the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and magnified. We call upon members of Congress to meaningfully address anti-Asian hate and violence, hold those promoting such rhetoric accountable, and to finally dismantle the structures that allow racism to fester.