Asian American and Pacific Islander Support & Resources

A list of resources, petitions, organizations, and mutual aid funds that support Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

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End Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans

This petition requests the NYPD to investigate the July 14 2020 attack on an 89-year-old Asian grandmother as a hate crime. 

AAPI For California Attorney General

This petition urges Governor Newsom to appoint an Asian American person as California’s next attorney general. 

Support House Resolution 151 to Protect AAPI Communities From Hate and Bias Attacks

This petition supports House Resolution 151 condemns and denounces all forms of anti-Asian sentiment, including those related to COVID-19. 

Demanding Justice for Christian Hall

This petition demands justice for Christian Hall by asking the Pennsylvania general attorney’s office to hold a completely independent investigation on the case. 

Covid19 Anti-Racism Group against Racism targeting British East Asian People

This petition will be sent to the British Prime Minister calling for a clear declaration that the British Government stands against hate crime against British Chinese and East Asian heritage people. 

End Asian Hate Crimes and Discrimination (NYC)

This petition demands the Manhattan DA pursue investigations with the possibility of bringing additional charges of hate crime. 

Continuing the Fight Against Asian Hate Crimes

This petition calls for action from government officials to take a stand against hate crimes. 

Stop Covid-19 Disinformation. Stop Anti-Asian Violence. 

This petition calls on companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to immediately shut down the spread of hate and misinformation about COVID-19 on their platforms. 

Raising Awareness and Ending Hate Crimes Towards the Asian Community

This petition is aimed towards bringing awareness and ending the violent and racial attacks on the Asian community — especially the vulnerable and elderly members. 

Pass the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

This petition urges Congress’ immediate passing of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, created by AAPI politicians: Senator Hirono, Congresswoman Meng, and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chairwoman Chu. 

Demand Tae D. Johnson Stop Tien Pham’s Deportation

This petition demands Tae D. Johnson stop Tien Pham, a Vietnamese refugee, from being deported and to release him from ICE detention. 

TRUSD Must Condemn Anti-Asian and Racist Behavior 

This petition supports the Sacramento Asian/Pacific Islander Regional Network in demanding the Twin Rivers Unified School District to denounce racism and take the necessary actions to ensure student safety. 

National Racial Justice Organizations


The ACLU Racial Justice Program aims to preserve and extend constitutionally guaranteed rights to people who have historically been denied their rights on the basis of race. 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a national affiliation of five leading organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all.  

Unicorn Riot

A decentralized, educational 501(c)(3) non-profit media organization of artists and journalists dedicated to exposing root causes of dynamic social and environmental issues through amplifying stories and exploring sustainable alternatives in today’s globalized world.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) works with Asian American communities to secure human rights for all. AALDEF focuses on critical issues affecting Asian Americans, including immigrant rights, voting rights and democracy, economic justice for workers, educational equity, housing, and environmental justice, and the elimination of anti-Asian violence, police misconduct, and human trafficking.

API Women Lead 

AAPI Women Lead and  #ImReady Movement aims to strengthen the progressive political and social platforms of Asian and Pacific Islander communities in the US through the leadership of self-identified AAPI women and girls.

Asian American Arts Alliance

The Asian American Arts Alliance is dedicated to strengthening Asian American artists and cultural groups through resource sharing, promotion, and community building. 

Asian Americans for Equality

Through community development, Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) advances racial, social, and economic justice for Asian Americans and other systematically disadvantaged communities, guided by our experiences as Asian Americans and our commitment to civil rights.

National Asian American Theater Company

The National Asian American Theatre Co. is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1989. NAATCO’s mission is to assert the presence and significance of Asian American theatre in the United States, demonstrating its vital contributions to the fabric of American culture. 

The Asian American Journalists Association

AAJA is a membership nonprofit advancing diversity in newsrooms and ensuring fair and accurate coverage of communities of color. 


Check NYC Protest Updates 2021 on Twitter for updates of NYC protests throughout the day. 


On the Asian American Federation’s Twitter, find information about upcoming protests and events.


Runners in solidarity for our Chinatowns and AAPI-centric communities in NYC. 

Our Sisters’ Safety: Community Rally Against Racial and Misogynistic Violence

NAPAWF*NYC is leading this rally to protest violence stemming from the intersection of racism, misogyny, and classism rooted in U.S. imperialism. They are centering the needs of poor and working-class Asian women & femmes and demanding that their voices be heard and services for their communities be equitably funded. 


Follow the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum New York City chapter’s Instagram for information on upcoming rallies and events. 

Asian American Leaders Table

This resource includes information on where to find updated information on vigils and events happening in over 24 states across the country.

Asian-Owned Business & Ways to Support the Community

Asian American Arts Alliance

The Asian American Arts Alliance is dedicated to strengthening Asian American artists and cultural groups through resource sharing, promotion, and community building. Donate to the organization here.

30+ Asian-American-Owned Businesses You Can Support Right Now

The rise of anti-Asian sentiment during the pandemic has taken a psychological and financial toll on the Asian American community. Supporting Asian-owned businesses is one way to help.

Support Chinatown New York 

A resource to discover and support programs, fundraisers, and business promotions that support Chinatown’s communities in New York. Created by Think! Chinatown. 

A list of NYC Chinese Grocery Stores

List of Chinese grocery stores in NYC. Stores are marked if they are currently open or closed. Created by Think! Chinatown. 

21 Asian American-Owned Small Businesses You Can Support Today

A list of Asian American-owned businesses in NYC. All of which are owned by women.  

40+ Asian-Owned Businesses to Support Right Now 

A growing list of Asian-owned companies, clothing brands, Etsy shops, and more.  

AAPI-Owned Bookstores to Support

A resource to find AAPI-Owned bookstores in cities across the country. 

A Directory for Manhattan’s Chinatown small Businesses

Welcome to Chinatown is a grassroots initiative to support Chinatown businesses and amplify community voices. Discover Manhattan’s Chinatown small businesses on their interactive map. 

Support AAPI Organizations

The AAPI community fund will benefit a growing list of organizations for their leadership in the AAPI community.

Dumplings Against Hate

Help keep New York’s Chinatown businesses afloat during the pandemic. 

Ma Yi Theater Company

Support Ma Yi Theater Company’s mission to produce underrepresented voices in America. The Ma-Yi Writers Lab is the largest collective of Asian American playwrights anywhere.

Virtual Tour of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

Take a virtual tour of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asain Pacific American Experience. Learn about Seattle and early Asian Pacific immigrants that found home here. 

8 Things You Can Do for the AAPIs in Your Life

A list of eight ways to support the AAPI community. 

Support Georgia’s Asian American communities

A list of ways to support the Asian American community in Georgia. 

Mutual Aid Networks

Mutual aid networks are a new way to approach resource distribution. They can range from food to shelter to healthcare to money. People contribute their money, skills, or time to certain communities directly.

Oakland Chinatown Victims Fund 

Asian Health Services is housing funds to support an Oakland Chinatown Victim’s Fund for individuals and families impacted by the recent crime and assaults that have occurred in the community.

Community Action Fund by Hate is a Virus

Hate Is A Virus is a nonprofit community of mobilizers and amplifiers to dismantle racism and hate. We first launched as a movement in March 2020, in response to the first spike in hate crimes against Asian Americans post-COVID-19. 

AAPI Community Resources Offering Form

The Asian Americans Advancing Justice team in Atlanta is looking for volunteers to offer various resources.  

Verified Atlanta-area Spa Shooting Fundraisers

Donate to the fundraisers for Atlanta-area spa shootings below to help those affected by this senseless act of violence. 

NYC Resources

Safewalks NYC

SafeWalks is a community safety initiative formed during the weekend of New Year’s 2021 after multiple reports of women being violently assaulted at The Morgan L Subway Train Stop in Brooklyn. In early February, after a spike in subway assaults resulting in deaths, and xenophobic attacks on elderly Asian people due to false accusations about COVID-19, SafeWalks has initiated expansion into Chinatown Manhattan and currently working towards setting up Safewalks in Harlem and Queens.

Main Street Patrol Volunteer Application

Volunteer to patrol the Flushing neighborhood from anti-Asian racism. 

Heart of Dinner

Founded at the onset of COVID-19, Heart of Dinner works to fight food insecurity and isolation experienced by Asian American seniors—two long-standing community issues heightened by the pandemic. 

Chinatown Block Watch

Donate to Chinatown Block Watch. The Chinatown Block Watch was started over a year ago during the onset of the pandemic to provide a visible deterrent to attackers and a friendly face to neighbors.

Astoria Mutual Aid

A group of neighbors working together to provide non-emergency assistance including grocery shopping, prescription pick up, medical transportation, errands, dog walking, and more to vulnerable members of the Astoria community.

Bed-Stuy Strong

A mutual aid network of over 3,000 people from across Bed-Stuy who crowdsource donations and use them to provide no-contact grocery deliveries for vulnerable members of the Bed-Stuy community.

Boreum Hill/Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Services

During this pandemic, it’s going to take all of us to come together to get through this. That includes supporting each other with services and support. More than ever we need to turn to our neighbors for assistance because it truly does ‘take a village.’

Kensington/Windsor Terrace Mutual Aid

Mutual aid means that we all help each other. Anyone can request OR offer help and the same people can do both. We are NOT a charity — we pool resources and support each others’ needs, together. Our goal is to help our community cope with the physical, mental, emotional, and economic needs created by the COVID-19 crisis, and beyond.

North Brooklyn Mutual Aid

A group for those in Greenpoint and Williamsburg who need help or want to help during this COVID-19 pandemic. Feel free to post your needs or availability, or reach out via private message. Direct requests can be made here. Please fill out this form or email to be added to a database of volunteers for the greater North Brooklyn area.

Flushing Resources

A local resource for information on COVID-19 testing and medical information, food pantries, mutual aid, and information on where to report discrimination and Anti-Asian hate crimes. 

Resources For AAPI Transgender/LGBTQIA+ People


APIENC builds queer and transgender Asian and Pacific Islander power to amplify our voices and increase the visibility of our communities. Through organizing in the Bay Area, we inspire and train grassroots leaders, transform our values from scarcity to abundance, and partner with organizations to sustain a vibrant movement ecosystem.

Asian Pride Project

Stories of lesbian, gay, transgender, and queer triumphs and struggles in our Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities through the eyes of parents, elders, and family.


The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance is a federation of LGBTQ+ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander Organizations. NQAPIA seeks to build the capacity of local LGBTQI+ AAPI organizations, invigorate grassroots organizing, develop leadership, challenge homophobia, racism, and anti-immigration bias. 

The Visibility Project

This organization seeks to document the personal experiences of the Queer Asian Pacific American women and transgender community by interweaving visual art, personal narratives, and social justice onto an accessible online platform. 


This organization positively impacts the quality of life for vulnerable communities experiencing behavioral health challenges, housing insecurity, and at-risk for HIV/AIDS. APAIT historically reaches out to the diverse multi-ethnic communities of LA and Orange counties who identify as LGBTQIA-2S, immigrants, and refugees, at-risk for HIV/STIs, housing insecure, and with behavioral health lived experience. 


The South Bay Queer and Asian organization creates a fun and safe environment for queer Asians and Pacific Islanders in the South Bay area. 

Prism Foundation

The prism Foundation is a grassroots philanthropic organization that provides funds and leverages resources to empower the Asian and Pacific Islander LGBTQ+ community. 

API Equality-LA

This fund focuses on mental health and community wellness for LGBTQ+ API people in LA. 

Trans Justice Funding Project

A funding initiative founded to support trans justice groups run by and for trans people.

Trans Women of Color Collective

This fund aids transgender women of color with any basic necessities that they might need, such as food, carfare, clothing, hygiene products, and more.  


Building Queer and Trans API community since 2004.


Stop AAPI Hate

A coalition addressing anti-Asian hate amid the pandemic.

CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities

CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities works to build grassroots community power across diverse poor and working-class Asian immigrant and refugee communities in New York City. 

Red Canary Song

The Red Canary Song centers base building with migrant workers through a labor rights framework and mutual aid. They believe that full decriminalization is necessary for labor organizing and anti-trafficking. 


Butterfly was formed by sex workers, social workers, legal and health professionals. It provides support to, and advocates for, the rights of Asian and migrant sex workers. 

Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance

Founded in 1992, KIWA (Korean Immigrant Workers Alliance) is a multi-racial, multi-industry worker center based in Los Angeles. KIWA’s mission is to build the power of immigrant workers and to organize grassroots leadership to transform our workplaces and communities, in Koreatown and beyond. 

Asian Pacific Environmental Network

Through building an organized movement, APEN strives to bring fundamental changes to economic and social institutions that will prioritize public good over profits and promote the right of every person to a decent, safe, affordable quality of life, and the right to participate in decisions affecting our lives. APEN holds this vision of environmental justice for all people. Their work focuses on Asian immigrant and refugee communities.

SWAN Vancouver

Culturally specialized support and advocacy for im/migrant women engaged in sex work. 


Mekong NYC aims to improve the quality of life of the Southeast Asian community in the Bronx and throughout New York City by achieving equity through community organizing and healing, promoting arts, culture, and language, and creating a safety net by improving access to essential social services

Protect Chinatown

Since the start of the pandemic, Anti-Asian violence has been on the rise. Strings of violent and racist attacks sweep the United States as many are harmed for no particular reason. Protect Chinatown stands to protect our community, ensure safety to the elderly, condemn racism, and spread awareness.

The W.O.W Project

The W.O.W Project’s mission is to sustain ownership over Chinatown’s future by growing, protecting, and preserving Chinatown’s creative culture through arts, culture, and activism.

Chinatown Art Brigade

Chinatown Art Brigade (CAB) is an intergenerational, womxn-led collective driven by the fundamental belief that our cultural, material, and aesthetic modes of production have the power to advance social change. CAB is comprised of Asian American and Asian diasporic identifying visual artists, media makers, writers, educators, and organizers with deep roots in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Together they make work that centers art and culture as a way to support community-led campaigns around issues of gentrification and displacement.  

COVID-19 Resources

The AAPI COVID-19 Project

A collective research project examining the ongoing COVID-19 crisis as it shapes the lives of Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders in the United States. They are currently recruiting survey and interview participants.

Covid-19 Mutual-Aid Directory

Donate directly to artists impacted by COVID-19. Most of the artists on this list identify as Black, Indigenous, non-white, and trans or queer. 

NYC Dancers Relief Fund (COVID-19)

This fund helps support BIPOC, disabled, trans/NB/GNC/queer, dance artists as well as those who will not have access to emergency funds due to immigration status. 

Chicago Artists Relief Fund

This fund helps support BIPOC artists, trans+, nonbinary, and queer artists in the Chicago area. 

Arts Leader of Color Emergency Fund

Arts Administrators of Color Network has set up the Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund which folks can donate directly to in support of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists AND administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19.

Dallas Artist Relief Fund

This fund provides support for low-income, BIPOC, trans/GNC/NB/Queer artists, and freelancers whose livelihoods are being affected by this pandemic in Dallas. 

AAF’s COVID-19 Recovery Fund 

 Supports various nonprofits with advocacy, resources, and programs they need to sustain themselves.

Mental and Medical help 

The Asian Mental Health Project

An organization with online mental health resources and community events. 

Therapist-facilitated healing spaces for Asian communities

A series of therapist-led circles designed to address anti-Asian racism. 

Asian American Peer Counseling

An organization that facilitates peer counseling for Asian people and all other people of color. 

AAPI Journalists Therapy Relief Fund

A fund that seeks to provide funding to AAPI journalists for therapy and mental health resources. People can donate to the fund here or sign up to receive funds here

Bridges Clinician Directory

Bridges Clinician Directory features NYC-based mental health professionals who provide competent, culturally responsive services to Asian, Pacific Islander, and South Asian Americans. 

Asian Mental Health Collective

The Asian Mental Health Collective aspires to make mental health easily available, approachable, and accessible to Asian communities worldwide. 

Mental Health America

An organization with online mental health resources.

Care for Coronavirus Anxiety

A toolkit for dealing with anxiety during COVID-19.

Resources for self-education

Resources for allies to self-educate on AAPI history and bystander intervention. 

Asian American Studies: Literature, Culture, and Historical Experience

Taught by professor Emma J. Teng. 

Race and Gender in Asian America

Taught by professor Emma J. Teng. 

Gender and Representation of Asian Women

Taught by professor Manduhai Buyandelger. 

Asia in the Modern World: Images and Representations

Taught by Professor Shigeru Miyagawa. 

Asian American History Curriculum

A list of academic resources for learning about Asian American history from works created by Asian American community members. Created by Noreen Naseem Rodrigues, Assistant Professor of Elementary Social Studies in the School of Education at Iowa State University. This is a great resource for self-education or for educators looking to incorporate new resources into school curriculums. 

Asian Pacific American (APA) Reading List

An APA (Asian Pacific American) reading list compiled by Asian & Middle Eastern Studies Librarian, Casey Lee. 

Bystander Intervention Training

The Asian Americans Advancing Justice organization is hosting a one-hour online bystander intervention training course.

Asian Americans PBS Series 

PBS documentary five-episode documentary series on Asian American history. 

Legal Resources 

NAPABA Hate Crimes Task Force and Pro Bono Legal Resources 

NAPABA has established pro bono legal resources to ensure that local communities have legal resources to address the most egregious hate-fueled attacks against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. 

Asian American Bar Association of New York

Pro Bono remote legal advice. Individuals can now call and request assistance from volunteer attorneys by phone with legal issues such as immigration, housing, employment, family, elder law, anti-Asian violence, and those pertaining to small businesses. Interpreters are available in Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and Japanese.

Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center

A multilingual legal hotline for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. 

The James Byrd Jr. Center to Stop Hate

The James Byrd Jr. Center to Stop Hate seeks to strengthen the capacity of community leaders, law enforcement, and organizations around the country to combat hate by connecting these groups with established legal and social services resources.

New York Hate Crime Hotline

Attorney General Letitia James announced the launch of a hotline for New Yorkers to report hate crimes and bias-based incidents.

Last Updated: April 13, 2021

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