California: Fil-Am AG Rob Bonta launches racial justice bureau to fight hate crimes

California’s first Filipino American attorney general announced steps on Tuesday to tackle the growing acts of violence and hate against the Asian and Pacific Islander community. 

In a video press conference, California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced the launch of what he dubbed a racial justice bureau within the state’s Department of Justice.

“We’re in a full on state of crisis, a full on state of emergency when it comes to hate violence against the Asian Pacific Islander community, and it’s going to take all of us working together to take on hate and its toxic effects on our society,” Bonta said.

Bonta says the new bureau will be bringing in six new attorneys and a supervising deputy attorney general to the DOJ’s civil rights enforcement section to help tackle some of the states most pressing racial and social justice issues.

“We must be committed ourselves to doing everything we can to better serve the needs of all Californians,” he added. 

A former member of the State Assembly representing the east San Francisco Bay Area city of Alameda, Bonta was tapped in March by Governor Gavin Newsom to fill the attorney general post left vacant by Xavier Becerra. Becerra resigned to join the Biden administration as U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary. State lawmakers confirmed Bonta’s appointment in April.

 

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