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President Biden Signs COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into Law

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) issued the following statement after President Joe Biden signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law:

“After a year in which the AAPI community experienced a horrifying rise in hate crimes and incidents driven by racist and inflammatory language during the pandemic, I was proud to stand beside President Biden and Vice President Harris as the President signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law. This bipartisan piece of legislation sends a clear and unmistakable message of solidarity to our community at this crucial moment and will help federal, state, and local governments confront anti-Asian hate across our country. Over the coming weeks and months, I will work closely with Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Department of Justice to implement this legislation as quickly and comprehensively as possible."