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Acting United States Attorney for the District of Columbia Channing D. Phillips’ Statement on Hate- and Bias-Related Crimes against Persons of Asian Descent

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia

WASHINGTON - As the District of Columbia and this nation have faced the unprecedented public health emergency posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we also have witnessed, in some areas across our nation, an unsettling rise in crime that has targeted Asian-Americans.  These acts are reprehensible and tear at the fabric of our society.  Hate and bias-related crime have no place in our community, and any attack on Asian-Americans is an attack on us all.  While we are making sacrifices and living and working in unusual conditions, we must continue to act responsibly and with compassion towards one another.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia stands in solidarity with the community in seeking to root out hate- and bias-related crime.

The United States Attorney’s Office urges the community to be vigilant and to report any suspected hate- or bias-related crime to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) by dialing 9-1-1 in an emergency or contacting the MPD Hate Crimes Hotline by calling (202) 727-0500 or e-mailing

Updated March 18, 2021

Press Release Number: 21-038