Asian and Pacific Islander Minnesotans are experiencing an increase in discrimination and hate crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In response to this rise in hate, a hotline has been established to allow those who experience or witness bias and discrimination to report incidents to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. The toll-free helpline is at 1-833-454-0148 and is staffed Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Minnesotans can call the discrimination hotline or complete and submit this online form. Translation and interpretation services are available.
The Department of Human Rights has also released a newsletter with more resources on fighting discrimination that can be found here.
If you have been the victim of a crime, including a hate crime, or fear for your safety, please call 911 immediately.
Governor Walz has spoken out on the issue, stating that “viruses don’t discriminate, and neither should we”. He has said that the state encourages anyone who experiences discrimination to report it. Senate DFLers are looking at additional ways to combat this increase in discrimination and hate crimes, and we advocate that all Minnesotans strongly condemn this behavior.