Statement in Support of the Asian American Pacific Islander Community

March 18, 2021
In response to the shootings and untimely death of 8 people in North Georgia, 6 of who were Asian and all women, California Hands & Voices is grieving the loss of life and acts of injustice. 
We recognize that across the nation and in our state of California, there has been a rise in incidents against Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) since the Pandemic hit the United States. As a community, we acknowledge the lasting effects and traumatic impact that this may have on families that are connected to our organization. Our hearts are with the victims in Georgia, this past year, and beyond, as well as their families, friends, and community they touch.
Below are some resources for parents, caregivers, and professionals to better understand our Asian and Pacific Islander Children and Families and the impact that COVID-19 has had on the APIA community. 
PTA.ORG– Asian American Children and Families
MGH Institute of Health Professions- Let’s Talk! Supporting Asian and Asian American Students through COVID-19
Society for Research in Child Development– Supporting Asian/Asian American Children and Youth during the COVID-19 Pandemic
We at California Hands & Voices extend our care and compassion. We are grieving WITH you and we are here to support you.
Rosabel Agbayani, MPH
President- California Hands & Voices