The California Department of Social Services (CDSS), in partnership with the Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs, initiated Stop the Hate to support all victims of hate crimes/incidents and their families, and to facilitate hate prevention measures in communities across California. As regional lead for San Diego and Imperial Counties, Catalyst works with CDSS to support the organizations funded to provide prevention, intervention, and direct services during the pilot year and through the two-year continuation of the program.
After a dramatic surge in hate crime across California, local nonprofits are leveraging an ambitious statewide funding program to take on a hate and empower communities most impacted by hate in our region. Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties is proud to partner in this effort, working closely with these organizations as they roll out bold new programming tailored to meet the needs of our local communities.
Following the rise of COVID-19, hate crimes against Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and other populations increased dramatically. The California Department of Justice reported an increase in overall hate crime events of 32.6 percent in 2021. Hate crime events specifically involving anti-Asian bias increased by a shocking 177 percent during this time.
We encourage Catalyst members and other funders to reach out to us for specific ways to help Stop the Hate partners end hate in San Diego and Imperial Counties.
Reach out to Tuyen Nguyen to learn more about Stop the Hate and get involved.
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