SACRAMENTO – With the recent unacceptable surge in acts of hate violence against the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) has introduced AB 886 which will provide support for victims and avenues of restorative justice.
“The recent rise in racist and xenophobic attacks on members on the API community and the larger increase in hate crimes must be addressed with decisive action,” said Bonta. “The embers of hate have always been present, but they have recently been fanned into a fire of violence by no less than the previous occupant of the White House.”
AB 886 will fund community-based organizations that provide culturally competent mental health services for victims of hate violence and restorative justice programs. AB 886 would also expand the eligibility for victims of hate violence to access victim compensation funds and not be denied solely because the victim did not file a police report.
“All communities deserve to be seen, valued, and protected,” said Bonta. “AB 886 would assure that consultation with the victim becomes a primary focus along with community healing. AB 886 would address prevention by providing additional restorative justice tools to proactively increase the likelihood that an individual who caused the harm would not do additional harm.”
AB 886 is co-sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice – California, and supported by the following organizations: AACI, AAPI Women Lead, APIENC, Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC), Asian Law Alliance, Bay Rising, CAIR-CA, Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants, Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, Family Bridges, Filipino Advocates for Justice, Hip Hop For Change Inc., Japanese American Citizens League – Berkeley, Florin, Marysville, Placer County, Sacramento Chapters and Northern California Western Nevada Pacific District JACL, Korean American Community Foundation of San Francisco, Korean American Family Services (KFAM), Korean Community Center of the East Bay, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Project by Project, San Francisco, San Francisco Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines, South Bay Youth Changemakers, and Southeast Asian Development Center.
Assemblymember Rob Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro and is the Assistant Majority Leader.