Empowering New York’s Asian American Community Since 1989

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Hope Against Hate

All New Yorkers deserve to feel safe going to work, getting on the subway to meet friends, or taking their kids to school. But since January 2020, New York’s Asian communities have been violently attacked on our city’s streets.

Between February 2020 and February 2021, there were over 1,100 attacks on Asian New Yorkers. And sadly, there were more hate crimes targeting Asians in the first four months of 2021 than in all of 2020.

In fact, New York City now has the highest number of anti-Asian hate crimes of any city in the entire nation. This surge has left seniors terrified to leave their homes and 70% of Asian families deciding not to send their children back to school.

But AAF is fighting these attacks against our communities with our Hope Against Hate Campaign, a landmark initiative to bring immediate safety to Asian New Yorkers.


“We cannot do this alone. This fight is all of us versus racism.” – Jo-Ann Yoo, Executive Director

Our Hope Against Hate Campaign will:

  • Establish safety ambassador programs in Asian enclaves across New York City. Learn more about the Community Safety Program here.
  • Set up services to support victims in multiple languages, including an assistance fund to help with assault-related expenses. These services will also include mental health support
  • Provide safety trainings in multiple languages. These trainings will include strategies to help bystanders intervene safely when they see someone being harassed. They will also include self-defense strategies to help individuals keep themselves safe.

With the Hope Against Hate Campaign, we are taking concrete steps to create a safer city, one in which all communities can thrive.

Join Our Powerful Coalition to Fight Hate

AAF is bringing together a powerful coalition, drawn from our 70 community organizations and the pan-Asian communities they serve, mental health providers, and allies, to keep Asian New Yorkers safe.

We are also forging partnerships with foundations, companies, workplaces, and individuals. These partnerships help our supporters make an immediate and lasting impact on one of the most urgent issues of our time — fighting racism.

We have an opportunity to not only ensure the immediate protection of our communities but also build a safer, more hopeful future for the 1.3 million Asian Americans who call New York home.

Interested in joining the Hope Against Hate Campaign?


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