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WSHRC stands in solidarity with Asian and Pacific Islander Communities

Monday, March 22, 2021

 

The Washington State Human Rights Commission stands in solidarity and grieves with the Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Washington and around the country. We condemn the anti-Asian rhetoric, harassment, and violence that has escalated in the last year. If anyone has experienced harassment at work, in housing, or in a place of public accommodation, please contact us to see if we can begin an investigation into the incident. The Human Rights Commission stands against hate in all of its forms and recognizes the difficult and tragic history of Asian Americans in this country. This type of discrimination must come to an end so everyone can live in safety, have peace of mind and reach their full potential.

 

(CAPAA) Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs: Resources


Inslee statement on rising cases of anti-Asian hate crimes

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Inslee statement on rising cases of anti-Asian hate crimes

March 9, 2021

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Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement today in response to increasing and escalating acts of violence targeting Asians and Asian-Americans.

“Washington is a place where all people should feel safe and included. This is a welcoming state and I have a zero-tolerance policy for hate and racism. We must all condemn the acts of hate and violence displayed in the rising incidence of anti-Asian hate crimes in both Washington state and across the country. This is wholly unacceptable and must not stand.

“We saw this ugly trend surge a year ago, when COVID-19 first emerged in our state. One year later, we have a vaccine for the virus – but racism is still running rampant.  

“Victims deserve support and justice. There are systems in place to ensure offenders face consequences for their unconscionable actions. I encourage victims to come forward and report their experience to local law enforcement.

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Social Security Recipients Will Automatically Receive Economic Impact Payments

Thursday, April 2, 2020

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment. Instead, payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts. 

https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm967


It takes all of us

Friday, March 6, 2020

It takes all of us to reduce stigma during disease outbreaks

Co-authored by Washington Secretary of Health John Wiesman and Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs Executive Director Toshiko Hasegawa

https://medium.com/wadepthealth/it-takes-all-of-us-to-reduce-stigma-during-disease-outbreaks-310db60dce29


Coronavirus Outbreak

Monday, March 2, 2020

2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19)

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus


Substance Use Disorder

Thursday, October 31, 2019

 

Excluding Individuals who take Medications for Opioid Use Disorder from Healthcare, Housing, Employment, or Other Services May Be Discriminatory

 

Substance Use Disorder & Poster (ENGLISH)

Substance Use Disorder & Poster (SPANISH)

 


Community Mourns The Loss Of Billy (Bill) W. Hilliard

Thursday, October 10, 2019

 

.."he was a director of the Washington State Human Rights Commission, the Seattle Human Rights Department, and served as a lobbyist for Seattle City Light."

https://seattlemedium.com/community-mourns-loss-billy-bill-w-hilliard/


Office of Equity Task Force

Friday, October 4, 2019

The Task Force is creating a plan for a new Office of Equity:

Flyer: (ENGLISH)

Flyer: (SPANISH)

Office of Equity Task Force


HB 1728 & ESSB 5258

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

 

  • Executive Summary: Health Impact Review of HB 1728

  • Preventing the sexual harassment and sexual assault of certain isolated workers


  • Executive Summary: Health Impact Review of ESSB 5258

  • Preventing the sexual harassment and sexual assault of certain isolated workers


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