Civil rights organization continues bystander intervention trainings amid wave of hate –

To help end the proliferation of anti-Asian hatred and harassment, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) is offering free virtual bystander intervention trainings in the Filipino language.

Since last fall, Advancing Justice-LA has started offering training in Tagalog as well as other Asian languages. Jeanette Sayno, Community Advocate for Advancing Justice-LA, said these workshops are about empowering everyone to build a world free from all kinds of harassment.

“Our work aims to turn the care we have for each other into simple, creative and effective action, and we would really like to reach Tagalog speakers and other Asian language speakers with these resources,” said Sayno. , noting that participants in the training will be able to learn how to intervene effectively as a spectator without compromising their safety. The hour-long training covers the basic concepts of the 5Ds (Distracting, Delegating, Documenting, Delaying, Directing), providing concrete tools for those who choose to intervene when they see someone else being the target of harassment.

Advancing Justice-LA invites everyone to attend its next free Tagalog training, which is scheduled to take place via Zoom on Thursday, April 21 at 6 p.m. PT. To register, please visit or call their Tagalog helpline at 855.300.2552.

By devoting just one hour to this training, participants will join the legions of people trained since April 2020. From Advancing Justice affiliates in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., in conjunction with purpose partner nonprofit Right to Be (formerly known as Hollaback!) launched its first training, they trained over 150,000 people. Of all those who said they had witnessed harassment after completing the training, 75% said they had intervened, a best practice for reducing trauma and defusing violence.

Indeed, the bystander intervention training program itself was launched in direct response to the sharp increase in anti-Asian hate crimes and hate incidents since the start of the pandemic. The Advancing Justice national affiliate has been documenting these hate crimes and incidents since 2017 at Thousands of incidents have been recorded there since the start of 2020, but the organization is sure many more go unreported. Some of the highest numbers of hate incidents occur in California. At the start of the pandemic in 2020, hate crimes against Asians jumped 107% in the Golden State.

This bystander intervention training program is necessary because Advancing Justice-LA continues to receive regular calls to their Asian-language hotlines and online reports regarding incidents of hate and harassment.

According to Christina Yang, General Counsel and Pro Bono Director at Advancing Justice – LA, “It is essential for us to train ourselves directly in Asian languages ​​and to make bystander intervention trainings more accessible to a wider audience, especially those who are still attacked and scapegoated. the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sayno said the organization also encourages training participants to tell at least 10 of their friends and/or families about the training program – whether they are in English, Tagalog, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese or Korean. More free training sessions are posted on

Advancing Justice-LA is one of California’s largest civil and legal advocacy organizations for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Founded in 1983 as the Asian Pacific Legal Center, Advancing Justice-LA serves more than 15,000 people each year. Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and more, Advancing Justice-LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of AAPI communities. Advancing Justice-LA is based in downtown Los Angeles and also has staff in Anaheim and Sacramento.

Right to Be, meanwhile, is a global nonprofit created to raise awareness and combat bullying, both online and in person, through intervention trainings and grassroots initiatives.

Advancing Justice-LA will offer these bystander intervention trainings as long as there is a need for them in the community and as long as funding is available to continue the program. The trainings are free to the public, but donations are also welcome to support this program and to further expand awareness within the Filipino and other AAPI communities. To donate, go to!/donation/checkout Any questions can be directed to Christina Yang at [email protected] (Donnabelle Gatdula Arévalo/AJPress)