The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center condemns the recent violence and rhetoric directed against Asian Americans. We encourage respect for all people of every race, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, and ability. No group should be a scapegoat or target of hate.
As the hate crimes in the U.S. increase, we urge you to report the incident(s) as soon as possible if you have been the victim or witness to any incident. Reporting the incident will facilitate law enforcement’s response.
Please note that your immigration status does not in any way prevent you from reporting a crime or receiving necessary services.
How to report an incident?
- The following information is essential as you report the incident. Keep it as specific and accurate as possible.
- Time and date of the incident
- Location of the incident
- Description of incident
If you are in immediate danger, please call 911 right away.
If the incident is in progress or you have just witnessed or experienced an incident, take your safety as the top priority. Seek help as soon as possible and try to stay calm as you report the incident. If you were a witness, always ask the survivor if they want to call 911, unless there is immediate danger.
If the incident is not in progress, you may report the incident to the appropriate authorities (e.g., MTA police, NY state police, or Port Authority police) if the event falls within their respective jurisdictions. In addition, please:
Bystander Intervention Tips
When it comes to witnessing an incident, we can all play a role. Please don't try to handle it on your own; the situation could escalate and your safety is still a priority. Check out some tips for bystander intervention:
Get training on bystander intervention to handle racial discrimination:
While the victim is never to blame, we also encourage you to take care of yourself during this challenging by actively taking charge of your safety, you can lower the chance of becoming a target. Here are some safety tips:
- Be alert to your surroundings and aware of the people around you.
- Be aware of locations and circumstances that might make you vulnerable as a target.
- Trust your instinct. If it doesn't look or feel right, it might not be.
- Give the impression that you are calm, confident, and focused.
Explore more tips for personal safety, please check out:
How to talk to children and seniors in your family?
We recommend that you have conversations about racism and discrimination with children and senior members in your family. Those conversations can be particularly difficult but necessary to help them navigate this topic and current events.
Often with children, it can be helpful to start the conversation first rather than wait for the inevitable. As parents, sharing your own experiences with racism, both as a child and an adult, is a way to show that racism is a shared and common experience, and they are not to blame for it.
Check out some recommendations for talking with children about racism and discrimination:
You might need to take a different approach to start the conversation with senior members in your family about racism and discrimination. Here are some recommendations to make the conversations more effective:
- Educate yourself about systemic racism and learn about your senior members' background before going into a conversation. Many of us do not have the knowledge or understanding of systemic racism in the Asian-American community, because it is largely left out of education curriculums.
Learn more about U.S. History of racism:
In talking with your loved ones, consider the spectrum of their understanding and experience with racism across generations and culture. This will help guide your conversation, appreciate how they’ve coped and survived, as well as hold compassion for each other as you learn and grow together. These types of conversation do not happen overnight, and it is okay to take breaks from this difficult and challenging conversations.
Speak from a personal and empathetic standpoint. Your family members care about you. Tell them about your personal experiences and feelings to help them understand the importance of anti-racism acts.
Navigate safety strategies for them. Please see the information above for safety tips.
You can help resist and educate others about Anti-Asian Bias, Discrimination, and Hate. Please check out Stop Asian Hate Toolkit for educational materials.
Coping with Racial Trauma
Racial trauma is the negative physical, mental and psychological impact of racism, discrimination and prejudice. Racism and racial trauma can occur intentionally or unintentionally, on an individual or communal level. The recent surge of Asian Hate crimes is a communal level of racial trauma. If unaddressed, it can take a toll on one's physical and mental health. If you or someone you know needs help coping, please seek professional support.
Check out some Guide for Coping with Racial Trauma:
Chat with someone for counseling & resources:
To find victim support services in your local area, please check out Victim Services Finder.
To learn more about chaperone services that are available for children or senior members, please click to check the following community resources pages:
Gender-Based Violence Resources
Legal Aid Services- free or discounted for low income residents.
Care Services for Elders
Asian Food Delivery Services
To find more ongoing resources on social media, podcasts, AAPI books, healing spaces, see APISA Grieving Space Shared Resources
- Chinatown senior citizens center (212) 233-8930
- Department for the Aging (DFTA) (212) 442-1100
- Korean Americans Senior Citizens Society of Greater New York (718) 886-8203
- Open Door Senior Center (212) 431-9026