Kenneth Young Center Statement Against Violence and Discrimination of Asian American Pacific Island Communities
Dear KYC Staff & Community,
As the CEO of Kenneth Young Center (KYC) and an Asian American woman, I want to ensure that it is clear that KYC stands against all forms of hate, discrimination, and bigotry in our communities and our world. Six of the eight people who were killed in this week’s attacks in Georgia were of Asian descent and seven of the eight were women. With the Anti-Asian rhetoric and the violence against the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community on the rise, this underscores a deeply troubling racism that exists in our country that is not only unacceptable, but should not and will not be tolerated. Sexism and violence against women are too common and often ignored. Such acts of violence have no place in our society.
These acts of violence and hate that have been perpetrated against marginalized groups, whether they be against Asian, LatinX, Black, female, religious, or LGBTQ+ people have created a deep physical, emotional, and ongoing trauma that we must acknowledge, actively breakdown, and then rebuild and repair societal constructs to create safe and inclusive communities for all. As an agency providing mental health services and community-based support programs, we recognize the collective impact these acts of hate have on AAPI communities and individuals, as well as all people who have experienced the traumatic effects of hate toward their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or background. KYC is committed to embracing individuals from every background because our difference is our strength and in our strength we need both words and action. Together We Thrive.
We will continue to work every day to provide access to mental health services and the supports our communities need. Should you or someone you know need counseling, support, or care resources, please call us at (847) 524‑8800. We have included below additional resources as we work together to build inclusive, safe communities for us all.
For educational resources on anti-Asian racism, see the Race and Ethnicity section of the Harvard Library Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Collection and this webpage of the Harvard Women in Tech + Allies group. For educational resources on advancing gender equity, see the Gender Action Portal of Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program and research on the global prevalence and costs of gendered violence.
With profound empathy,
Grace Hong Duffin
President & CEO
If You Have Experienced a Hate Crime, These Resources Can Help
North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic — (847) 737‑4042 or [email protected]nslegalaid.org
Asian Language Legal Intake Project Hotline — (888) 349‑9695
Find resources, counseling, or referral to an attorney on issues of discrimination, housing, immigration, employment, etc. available in English, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, and Thai
Mental Health Support
Kenneth Young Center - 847−524−8800
Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor
Asian Human Services 24-Hour Mental Health Crisis Line — (773) 293‑8488
Gender Action Portal of Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program
Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program research on the global prevalence and costs of gendered violence
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