FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The California Asian Pacific American Bar Association (Cal-APABA) is pleased to report that, as of yesterday, Special Directive 20-08, issued by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office on December 7, 2020, has been revised to except from its policy mandating abandonment of all charging and sentencing enhancements those enhancements related to hate crimes.
Cal-APABA thanks and applauds DA Gascon for his willingness to listen to the various communities most affected by his policies, including the APA community, which has experienced a disturbing increase in hate crimes and hate incidents since the COVID-19 pandemic began spreading across the country.
In addition, Cal-APABA is gratified to learn that, as a further response to the community's concerns and in an effort to receive input and guide future policy decisions, DA Gascon has launched a victims advisory board made up of survivors and advocates. Cal-APABA stands ready and open to continued dialogue with DA Gascon and his office to achieve our shared goals of criminal justice reform and racial equity in Los Angeles County and throughout the State of California.
Zathrina Perez, 2020-21 President
California Asian Pacific American Bar Association