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Removing Barriers To Reporting Hate Crimes


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Removing Barriers To Reporting Hate Crimes

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Many of us in the AAPI and Asian diaspora communities have seen the rise in hate crimes during the pandemic: we've seen it in the news, we've seen it on social media, and we've heard stories directly from survivors. Shockingly, many survivors find that when they report hate crimes to the police, they face barriers to obtaining justice. In this sobering yet galvanizing talk, Steven Ngo, Counsel at Rivian, will share his own experience of a hate crime and his attempt to report it, and how we can make reporting hate crimes accessible, thereby combatting racism for generations to come.

Tags: Combatting racism, AAPI hate crimes, support

Steven Ngo

Bridget Finkeldey

Steven Ngo is a corporate / technology lawyer and currently works as counsel at Rivian. He is the Advocacy Chair of the Vietnamese Professionals Association BC ( and is the Vice President of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers BC ( Steven is leading a movement called Fix Police Reporting that is focused on removing barriers to reporting hate crimes to the police ( He has featured widely throughout national and international media including The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, CBC and various language-specific outlets for the Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Japanese and South Asian communities. Because of Steven's relentless efforts, the Vancouver Police Department has now expanded its online hate crimes reporting forms to be available in 14 different languages and has also translated its website into over 100 languages. Steven has not stopped there. He is working to help make the reporting of hate crimes more accessible in cities across Canada and the United States. In this talk, Steven will share his own story of being a victim of hate crime and why we need to provide a way to report hate crimes online in English and in multiple languages. Learn more about his work at and on LinkedIn at

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