Helpline Youth Counseling, Inc. (HYC) condemns all forms of hatred and violence and stands with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. The rise of violent acts and most recent horrific events against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been upsetting and disheartening to witness. These acts of violence have no place in our society.

The COVID-19 Hates Crime Act is current legislation introduced in Congress to expedite the review of COVID-19 related hate crimes, provide support for state and local law enforcement agencies to respond to these hate crimes, and coordinate with local and federal partners to mitigate racially discriminatory language used against AAPI to describe the pandemic. HYC supports this progress. Everyone deserves to live respectfully, safely, and without being in fear.

HYC values all persons regardless of race and ethnicity and we are committed to building inclusion and equity in all aspects of our agency. As an organization, we are working in partnership with other agencies and organizations to end the acts of hatred and violence that continue to occur daily. Racism affects all of us and impacts communities in profound ways. We must stand together in solidarity and unite to build a stronger community and nation. Today and every day, we encourage everyone to make a conscious effort to denounce any form of hatred and discrimination towards another person or persons of a certain race or background. We must have compassion, empathy, respect, and embrace diversity to unite us, not divide us, as a nation. Unity is strength!

To learn more about organizations making positive change and to show support, please visit the links below: