Over the past year, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been increasingly targeted for discrimination and violence in the United States – which we have seen intensify over the past several weeks. The pain, fear and uncertainty that accompany this horrific trend are being felt across the country and around the world. As families cope with this new reality, we urge Americans to look out for one another, to be thoughtful about the language they use, and to embrace inclusivity as a core principle of this nation.
The American Red Cross abhors intolerance, hate, racism and violence of any kind. We are disturbed by the reported 150% increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans in major US cities in 2020 and commit to remain vigilant as we deliver our mission in communities across the country.
Throughout the United States, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders provide aid, comfort and hope to those facing crises every single day through the Red Cross. Our employees and volunteers of Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage are mission critical and we remain committed to providing them with a safe, equitable and inclusive workplace.
As the nation’s most trusted humanitarian organization, it is our honor and responsibility to alleviate suffering to people without regard to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class, sexual orientation, or political opinions.
Our Fundamental Principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality guide everything we do. These Red Cross principles demand that we speak out in the face of racism and violence and stand in solidarity with Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.