Meng Commends Attorney General for Taking Action to Combat Hate

May 27, 2021
Press Release
New memorandum implements key provisions of the Congresswoman’s COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act and lays out steps following DOJ review
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) today commended Attorney General Merrick Garland for putting forward a plan to better combat hate incidents.
 
The steps are outlined by the Attorney General in a memorandum released late this afternoon, and are the result of Meng’s COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act and a 30-day review of how the Department of Justice can better use its resources to counter hate crimes and hate incidents. President Biden signed Meng’s bill into law last week.
 
“I commend and thank the Attorney General for swiftly taking action on the provisions in my COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act and the Justice Department’s 30-day review,” said Meng. “The ongoing hate and violence against Asian Americans continues to terrorize the Asian American community and we are now seeing a disturbing and despicable rise in anti-Semitic attacks against the Jewish community. Let me be clear: There is no place for hate and violence anywhere in our society. It must not be tolerated, and we must eradicate it in all its forms.”
 
Actions the Attorney General announced in the memorandum that contain provisions from Meng’s bill include:
 
  • The designation of a person to facilitate the review of hate crimes. The Attorney General is assigning the Chief of the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division to fill this role.
 
  • Providing resources and coordination to combat hate crimes and incidents; a Deputy Associate Attorney General will lead efforts to create and coordinate the Department’s anti-hate crime and incident resources, including implementing the Act’s provisions to issue guidance on online reporting, hate crimes reporting, data collection, creating state-run hate crime hotlines, and coordinating with the Secretary of Health and Human Services and others to raise awareness of hate crimes.
 
  • Establishing a new full-time language access coordinator within the department in recognition that language access is a key barrier to the reporting of hate crimes and incidents. The Deputy Attorney General will oversee the establishment of this role.
 
The memorandum also prioritizes reinvigoration of the Justice Department's Community Relations Service which Meng has called for, and which she separately discussed with Garland during a recent House hearing.
 
Meng is a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science which oversees funding for the Department of Justice.