Pacific Clinics' Response to the Hate Crimes Against Members of Our Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities
A Message from Jim Balla on behalf of the Executive Management Team
The increase in hate crimes against members of our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities is horrifying. Pacific Clinics stands united with the AAPI community and condemns all acts of hate and violence in our community and across the nation.
This week's murders of six Asian women in Georgia are just the latest in an abhorrent string of hate-driven crimes, attacks, and assaults on members of our vibrant AAPI community. Bigotry, racism, and hate have no place in our society. But the increase in anti-Asian violence during the COVID-19 pandemic sadly has demonstrated that hate and systemic racism remain all too present and all too destructive. Anti-Asian violence is an ongoing reality, with a troubling history dating back many decades. It must end, and it must be condemned.
This year marks Pacific Clinics' 95th anniversary, and our rich history includes the establishment of our Asian Pacific Family Center (APFC). For 35 years, APFC has offered a safe haven for members of our community to receive culturally competent behavioral health care, wellness and treatment. Dr. Terry Gock and others who helped to open the site faced many challenging obstacles to ensure that the AAPI community had access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services after being underserved, inappropriately served, or not served at all for far too long.
We are proud of our history and ongoing work to create a community that is inclusive and welcoming.
There is strength in collaboration and community. We encourage you to report discrimination, harassment or bullying and to seek support when you need it and offer strength and support to others when needed.