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Statement on Passage of COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

The Board of Directors of the National Institute for Lobbying Ethics (NILE) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing, H.R. 1843, the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act introduced by Representative Grace Meng (D-NY), by an overwhelming bi-partisan show of support.

According to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, hate crimes against Asian Americans increased 149% between 2019 and 2020. This legislation is an essential step to address the rising tide of hate crimes and violence against Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).

NILE supports our Asian American and Pacific Islanders colleagues in the lobbying profession and is pleased to see this bill now headed to the President’s desk for his signature.

This legislation provides law enforcement with the tools they need to help ensure the safety of Asian American and Pacific Islanders against attacks fueled by hate.

We applaud Congress for working in a bi-partisan way on this important issue. We hope the President will immediately sign this bill into law.


The National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics (NILE) is the premier professional association for those in the government affairs, public-policy, lobbying, grassroots, political action committees, and communications fields. NILE’s focus is on promoting ethical lobbying and providing the profession with continuing education.


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