Published: March 10, 2022

One Year Later: Honoring the Victims of Anti-Asian Hate
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 | 10 am to 11:30 am
Colorado School of Public Health Injury & Violence Prevention Center
Education Building 1, Room 1400, 13070 East 19th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045 or virtual via Zoom

One year after the Atlanta shooting, join this community gathering to honor the lives lost to anti-Asian hate. A panel of local leaders will discuss gun violence prevention, trauma and mental health, community building and resilience, and strategies/tools to combat hate.

Panel speakers:
• Dr. Emmy Betz, Director, Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative, Injury and Violence Prevention Center
• Harry Budisidharta, Executive Director of Asian Pacific Development Center
• Maisha Fields, Director of Community Partnerships, Salud Family Health Centers
• Dr. DJ Ida, Executive Director of National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
• Brian Sugioka, Chief Deputy District Attorney, 18th Judicial District

Moderated by: Dr. Rachele Espiritu, Founding Partner of Change Matrix

More details:
Reverberations are still felt in Colorado’s Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community one year after eight people were killed in the Atlanta Metro Area – amongst whom were six Asian American women. On Tuesday, March 15, 2022 from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., a collective of Colorado’s AAPI nonprofits and community members will host a press conference and panel discussion at the Colorado School of Public Health’s Injury & Violence Prevention Center.

On March 16, 2021, Daoyou Feng, Hyun Jung Grant, Elcias Hernandez-Ortiz, Suncha Kim, Paul Andre Michels, Soon Chung Park, Xiaojie Tan, Delaina Ashley Yaun, and Yong Ae Yue were killed. Since the start of the pandemic, Asians and Asian Americans have experienced a sharp increase in discrimination and violence. In Colorado, 119 incidents were reported to the national Stop AAPI Hate reporting platform in 2020 and 2021 with the majority of incidents being verbal attacks.

While heartbroken, many in Colorado’s AAPI community seek change, as it honors the lives of those lost in Atlanta, as well as all the other Asians and Asian Americans who have been victimized since. The panel will discuss resources for coping with the trauma associated with community victimization, and tools for where we – as a community – go from here.

Venue Sponsor: Colorado School of Public Health
Event Sponsor: National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Supporting organizations: Asian Chamber of Commerce, Asian Girls Ignite, Asian Real Estate Association of America Greater Denver, Colorado Asian Pacific United, Community Organizing for Radical Empathy, Denver Immigrant & Refugee Commission, Japanese Arts Network, and Sakura Foundation.