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Jennifer Wu Discusses Anti-Asian Violence With Politico and CNN

March 26, 2022

Litigation partner Jennifer H. Wu commented on the growth of anti-Asian violence in New York City in an article in Politico. The article, “New York Asian hate crime spike puts pressure on new mayor,” noted that reported hate crimes against Asian New Yorkers quadrupled in 2021, while other attacks were either not reported or not classified as hate crimes. Jennifer said that the law, which requires evidence that the perpetrator used a slur or demonstrated other blatantly racist behavior, is a barrier to more hate crime prosecutions. “Even if prosecutors charged everything as a hate crime, I don’t know that they could prove it under the statute, so there needs to be a change in the law,” she said.

Jennifer also appeared on the March 27 episode of the CNN 5 Things podcast. In the episode, “Sunday Edition: Why Anti-Asian Hate Rarely Becomes a Hate Crime,” Jennifer noted that certain crimes deserve greater punishment because they impact not just the victim and the victim’s family, but also a larger community. Though perpetrators often have more than one motivation when they attack Asian Americans, Jennifer noted, this reality is not currently reflected in hate crime laws. “One way the law can be better about this,” Jennifer said, is to say that “if hate is a part of the motivation—not ‘a substantial part’ but ‘a part’—we should be able to prove a hate crime.”

» read the article
» listen to the podcast (Jennifer’s segment begins at 8:20)

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