"In this time of worry and uncertainty, we must resist
the temptation to... scapegoat entire segments of the population."

Washington DC (March 30, 2020)  - The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), issues the following statement on the rise of anti-Asian discrimination and violence stemming from the rise of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the United States:

Brendan Flores, NaFFAA President and National Chairman

“As a nation, we are all concerned about the coronavirus and its effects on the health of our neighbors, families, and friends in the US and across the world. But in this time of worry and uncertainty, we must resist the temptation to place blame and scapegoat entire segments of the population.”

“As an organization representing over 4 million proud Filipino Americans, we cannot stand silently as discrimination persists against our community and other Asian American communities across the nation. To promote unwarranted fear and spread dangerous mistruths is antithetical to the spirit of this nation. There is much more that unites us than divides us, since this virus knows no race, age, or class.”

“Instead of spreading vitriol and propagating fear, let us shift our focus to fighting the spread of COVID-19. Continue to practice responsible social distancing. Continue to be thorough in washing hands and disinfecting spaces. Continue to be cognizant of your neighbors in need, especially when shopping for essentials. And remember the countless health professionals, law enforcement, and service employees—many of whom are Asian American—who continue to work in light of this global pandemic in order to keep you healthy, safe, and fed."

“Heavy times like this tend to produce fear and confusion. Let us try to rise above the uncertainty and embrace kindness.”

Together with one of our community partners, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, we encourage reporting of these encounters to their website,

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About NaFFAA

The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. Established in 1997, NaFFAA promotes the welfare and well-being of the four (4) million Filipinos and Filipino Americans throughout the United States. NaFFAA’s vision is to serve as the voice of all Filipinos and Filipino Americans by uniting, engaging, and empowering diverse individuals and community organizations through leadership development, civic engagement, and national advocacy.