For Immediate Release
March 16, 2022
(CHICAGO, ILLINOIS) – Today marks one year after the Atlanta spa shootings which tragically claimed the lives of eight victims, including six Asian American women.
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) Executive Director Sung Yeon Choimorrow issued the following statement:
“One year later, we remember the victims of the senseless acts of violence in the Atlanta spa shooting. We continue to reflect on the public attacks and tragic deaths targeting Asian American women across the country. One year after the attacks in Atlanta, the alarming uptick in violence is a sobering reminder of the current state of safety for AAPI women.
In our latest study, nearly 75% of AAPI women reported experiencing racism and discrimination over the past year. AAPI women across the country are experiencing an increase in life-threatening, dangerous encounters. Stereotypes and the realities of how gender bias, misogyny, and racism work have created an environment where AAPI women are disproportionately being targeted. There is still lots of work to be done and we must come together to speak up and protect AAPI women.”
The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is the only multi-issue, progressive, community organizing and policy advocacy organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and girls in the U.S. NAPAWF’s mission is to build collective power so that all AAPI women and girls can have full agency over our lives, our families, and our communities.