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Statement from Commissioner Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez on Recent Fatal Anti-Asian Attacks in City Transit System

NEW YORK (January 24, 2022) - "The recent fatal attack on Michelle Go in our transit system is yet another sobering reminder of the repeated anti-Asian hate our City has seen in the last two years, which included a number of older adult victims. Together we take a stand against any hate-based acts against Asian American and Pacific Islander New Yorkers of all ages," said New York City Department for the Aging Commissioner Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez. " It is incredibly lamentable to have to issue yet another statement against any hate-based acts on the AAPI community. If you see something, say something-- immediately call 911, report the incident, and provide help when someone needs it."

CALL TO ACTION: For older adults who are victims of crimes, the NYC Department for the Aging's Crime Victim Resource Center provides information and assistance. Contact us by dialing 212-AGING-NYC (212-244-6469). To report a hate crime in progress or any emergency, call 911.

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The New York City Department for the Aging works to eliminate ageism and ensure the dignity and quality of life of New York City's diverse 1.6 million older adults. DFTA also works to support caregivers through service, advocacy, and education. DFTA is the largest area agency on aging in the U.S.