Asian American Federation Calls For Action Amid Rise In Attacks

The federation is asking for $30 million from federal, state and local governments for a new campaign to combat the crimes. CBS2's Aundrea-Cline Thomas reports.

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- A call for action amid the rise in attacks against Asian-Americans.

- The Asian-American Federation is asking for $30 million from federal, state, and local governments for a new campaign to combat the crimes. CBS 2's Andrea Cline-Thomas reports.

NOEL QUINTANA: He moved forward toward me and slashed my face.

ANDREA CLINE-THOMAS: Noel Quintana has a physical scar, a reminder of what's become an increasing trauma-- Asian-Americans out living life when they're attacked.

NOEL QUINTANA: I called for help, but nobody came.

ANDREA CLINE-THOMAS: Thursday, the Asian-American Federation unveiled an emergency campaign called Hope Against Hate.

JO-ANN YOO: We demand that our elected officials prioritize our safety instead of sending us their thoughts and prayers. We don't need that anymore.

ANDREA CLINE-THOMAS: The Federation is seeking funding to establish a Safety Ambassador program, culturally competent victim support services, and de-escalation and self-defense trainings in various languages.

JOO HAN: We think it is the right solution for immediate street safety for our Asian New Yorkers, especially our most vulnerable members.

ANDREA CLINE-THOMAS: They're requesting $30 million to address this issue.

CHUCK SCHUMER: I think we probably need even more than that. We will put the money in.

ANDREA CLINE-THOMAS: Senator Schumer is also pledging support for legislation making its way through Congress aimed at addressing attacks on Asian communities.

Do you think that federal law is necessary to change the definition of hate crimes?

CHUCK SCHUMER: Now, our greatest problem has been not that there isn't a law on the books, but it hasn't been paid enough attention to. It doesn't have direct people in charge of enforcing it.

ANDREA CLINE-THOMAS: While federal lawmakers take up the issue in Washington, the Asian-American Federation is seeking support from local governments and businesses, saying they can't do this alone. Andrea Cline-Thomas, CBS 2 News.