Hate crimes against Asian Americans are increasing

Coronavirus: Information You Should Know

Misinformation about coronavirus can create fear and hurt people. The best source for information is Montgomery County’s COVID-19 website (https://montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS/RightNav/Coronavirus.html) and the CDC COVID-19 website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/index.html).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) may have started in Wuhan, China but that is just the geography of the virus. Having Chinese ancestry or any other ancestry does not make a person more vulnerable to this illness. The Coronavirus doesn’t recognize race, nationality or ethnicity.

Wearing a mask will not prevent uninfected people from being infected. They are designed to reduce the capacity for infected people to infect others.

Wearing a mask does not mean a person is ill. People wear masks for a variety of reasons, including to avoid pollen and air pollution and for cultural and social reasons. We should not judge someone for wearing a mask or assume they are sick.

If you see or experience any emergency act of hate related violence or intimidation call 911 and report the incident to the Montgomery County Police Department. If the incident is not an emergency please report the incident to the police at 301-279-8000; the non-emergency call line. It is extremely important that you report all such incidents to the police; only then can police analyze the incident and address any trends or behaviors of potential suspects in areas throughout the county.

If you experience any personal injury or loss, damage or vandalism to your property as a result of a hate related incident you should file a report with the Office of Human Rights seeking relief through the Partnership Fund. This fund will reimburse the cost of such losses. The Office of Human Rights can provide the details and benefits of this fund.

If you experience discrimination or believe you are treated unfairly in access to public places and public services, seeking employment or the terms and conditions of your current employment, attempting to obtain housing or conditions of services and well being in your current housing situation contact the Office of Human Rights at 240-777-8450. Montgomery County is committed to respond and assist in any way possible.

Bigotry, acts of hate and intimidation are not acceptable in our community. We are stronger when we stand together.

Contacts Information

Montgomery County Police Contact Information

Police non-emergency number is 301-279-8000
Emergency! Call 9-1-1
MCPD Community Engagement Division is MCPD_Engaged@montgomerycountymd.gov

The Education Committee of the Faith Community Advisory Council works with the management team of Superintendent Smith on bias’s. Our website has resource material related to Asian Bias www.montgomerycountyinterfaithmd.org

For Domestic Violence issues:
Family Justice Center can be reached at 240-773-0444. Free services available for victims of domestic violence. Open during standard operating hours (Monday-Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm)
After hours, the Montgomery County Crisis Center can be reached at 240-777-4000

Asian American Organizations Receiving Hate Incident Reports
(Please be advised that the organizations collect data for policy advocacy; check with each organization as to victim assistance)

• Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, Chinese for Affirmative Action,
San Francisco State University, California:
asianpacificpolicyandplanningcouncil.org/stop-aapi-hate/
• Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ), including Asian American
Justice Center in DC; Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles,
Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco, AAAJ/Chicago,
AAAJ/Georgia: StandAgainstHatred.org
• OCA-Asian American Advocates (OCA), including local chapters:
ocanational.org/aapi-hate-incident-form
• South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), Washington,
D.C.: saalt.org/policy-change/post-9-11-backlash/
• Asian American Legal Defense Fund (AALDEF), New York City:
https://www.aaldef.org/contact-us/
• Asian American Federation, New York City:
https://aafcovid19resourcecenter.org/aaf-anti-asian-bias-reporting-form/

Bystander Intervention Trainings

Hollaback! And AAAJ-Asian American Justice Center is co-sponsoring trainings
twice weekly in April and weekly in May.
• Tuesday, April 14th at 2pm ET / 11am PT
• Saturday, April 18th at 3pm ET / 12pm PT
• Tuesday, April 21st at 3pm ET / 12pm PT
• Thursday, April 23rd at 7pm ET / 4pm PT
• Monday, April 27th at 7pm ET /4pm PT
• Saturday, May 2nd at 2pm ET
• Thursday, May 7th at 7pm ET
• Wednesday, May 13th at 2pm ET
• Thursday, May 21st at 7pm ET
• Saturday, May 30th at 2pm ET

Register at: https://advancingjustice-aajc.org/index.php/events