@SeeMiaRoll on Mental Disability and Anti-Asian Violence

Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Queens) spoke to MSNBC on February 15, 2022 about the murders of Michelle Go and Christina Yuna Lee in the context of a 339% increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans in the past year. Commenting that more than 50% of the cases in New York involved “people who suffered from mental health issues” she recommended more funding for supportive services as well as an expansion of Kendra’s Law. Mia Ives-Rublee (@SeeMiaRoll), director of the Disability Justice Initiative at American Progress, responded on Twitter: “Kendra’s Law relies on forced treatment standards, including institutionalization” and “this actually makes us less safe, particularly disabled AA/PI.”

— Mara Mills

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