Stop Asian hate march, times square to Chinatown. Photographed in New York, NY USA on March 21, 2021


Stop the Hate

Our Stop the Hate program’s mission is to combat hate crimes and discrimination targeting the AAPI community in California. Through educational training, mental health support, and community engagement initiatives, the program aims to empower AAPI individuals, businesses, and communities by providing them with the necessary resources, support, and tools to combat and overcome the impacts of hate crimes. This includes expanding outreach to diverse AAPI subpopulations, providing navigation support for survivors of hate incidents, and promoting mental health awareness and resilience among AAPI small business owners, workers, and the broader community.

Defining Hate

What is the difference between a hate crime and a hate incident?
Hate Crime

A hate crime is a crome against a person, group, or property motivated by the victim’s real or perceived protected social group. You may be the victim of a hate crime if you have been targeted because of your actual or perceived:

1. Disability
2. Gender
3. Nationality
4. Race or Ethnicity
5. Religioin
6. Sexual Orientation
7. Association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Hate crimes are serious crimes that may result in imprisonment or jail time.


Hate Incident

A hate incident is an action or behavior motivated bt hate but which, for one or more reasons, is not a crime. Examples of hate incidents include:

  • Name-calling
  • Insults
  • Displaying hate material on your own property
  • Posting hate material that does not result in property damage
  • Distribution of materials with hate messages in public spaces

The U.S. Constitution allows hate speech as long as it does not interfere with the civil rights of others. While these actions are certainly hurtful, they do not rise to the level of crminal violations and thus may not be prosecuted. however, it is important to note that these incidents have a traumatic impact on the victims as well as the community at large. 


What Hate Can Look Like

These are some examples of bias-related crimes that are forbidden by the law. Note that some other acts of hate may not violate criminal law but may still be a violation of civil law:These are examples of bias-related crimes that are forbidden by the law:

  • Threats, verbal or written
  • Physical assault or attempted assault
  • Hate-related graffiti, including swastikas and other offensive symbols
  • Cross-burning
  • Bomb threats
  • Arson
  • Disturbance of religious meetings
  • Vandalism or property damage

Report a Hate Crime

Stop AAPI Hate operates the nation’s largest reporting center tracking acts of hate against AAPI communities. With the support of respondents acriss the U.S., they have documented thousands of cases of anti-Aisan Hate and anti-Pacific Islander hate.

The California Civil Rights Department received funding and authorization from the State Legislature to establish the non-emergency, CA vs. Hate Resource Line and Network to support individuals and communities targeted for hate.

The goals of CA vs. Hate are to help individuals and communities targeted for hate; identify options for next steps after a hate incident; connect people targeted for hate with culturally competent resources; and to improve hate incident and crime reporting data to enhance hate crimes prevention and response.

You can report anonymously. Whether or not you report anonymously, your identity will not be disclosed. The only exception to non-disclosure is if a report is made of child abuse, elder abuse, or activities indicating an imminent risk of violence, or if required by law.

CA vs. Hate will use the information captured through the portal and network to improve services for people targeted for hate. CRD will also issue regular reports, sharing data about hate incidents and crimes across the state that will not identify individuals targeted for hate or people who report acts of hate. This data will help CRD, other government, and community leaders improve efforts to prevent and respond to hate.

The CA vs. Hate Resource Line is a non-emergency phone number and online portal to connect individuals to resources if they are targeted for hate. To be connected to a care coordinator at the Resource Line call 1-833-8NO-HATE Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm PST. If you call outside those times, you can leave a message with a request for a return call.

Hate Crimes Report

The Attorney General publishes the Hate Crime in California Report annually assessing the number of hate crime events, hate crime offenses, hate crime victims, and hate crime suspects.

This report highlights hate crime trends, including the most common types of hate crimes broken down by protected class, as well as by city and county. The report puts these statistics in historical perspective by providing trend information on the number and types of hate crimes over the past ten years.

More information, including an analysis of the number and types of hate crimes over the past decade, can be found on the Attorney General’s OpenJustice website.

Stop AAPI Hate released a new report, Two Years and Thousands of Voices, which provides deeper insight into the racism and discrimination the AAPI community has faced since the start of the pandemic. 

The report looks at the nearly 11,500 hate acts reported to the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center between March 19, 2020 and March 31, 2022, and includes findings from a 2021 national survey Stop AAPI Hate conducted in partnership with Edelman Data & Intelligence.

Key findings of Two Years and Thousands of Voices include:

  • Non-criminal incidents comprise the vast majority of the harmful hate acts that AAPI community members experience. 
  • Harassment is a major problem. Two in three (67%) of nearly 11,500 incidents involved harassment, such as verbal or written hate speech or inappropriate gestures.
  • AAPI individuals who are also female, non-binary, LGBTQIA+, and/or elderly experience hate acts that target them for more than one of their identities at once.
  • One in three (32%) parents who participated in the Stop AAPI Hate/Edelman Data & Intelligence survey were concerned about their child being a victim of anti-AAPI hate or discrimination in unsupervised spaces and on the way to school.
  • Hate happens everywhere — in both large cities and small towns, in AAPI enclaves and in places where AAPI communities are few and far between.

Know Your Rights

Bringing together experts focused on the impacts of the AAPI bias, discrimination, and hate crimes against the AAPI community, including small business owners. 

Have a continued conversation on the impacts of the Anti-Asian sentiment, mental health and hate crimes against the AAPI community.

Bystander Intervention

Right to be offers education on how to respond as a bystander when witnessing harassment. Here are the 5 D’s of bystander intervention that represents different methods you can use to support someone who’s being harassed and demonstrate to people in your like that they have the power to make their community safer: 

  1. Distract
  2. Delegate
  3. Document
  4. Delay
  5. Direct

Visit their website to learn more about these two methods.

Check back often for upcoming events.

Listening Tour with Senator Anqelique Ashby & District Attorney Thien Hold on

In light of the concerning rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, particularly those targeting Asian-owned small businesses in Sacramento, we present the AAPI Strong CA: Listening Tour with Senator Angelique Ashby and District Attorney Thien Ho. This roundtable discussion aims to foster dialogue, understanding, and actionable strategies for preventing and responding to bias and hate incidents within our communities.

  • Location: Sacramento County Voters Registration & Elections
  • Date: Thursday, September 21, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am (PT)

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