AAAJ-LA Launches Bystander Intervention Initiative to Combat Anti-Asian Harassment

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles Launches Bystander Intervention Initiative To Combat Anti-Asian Harassment

We love this new PSA from Advancing Justice - Los Angeles.  


If you see an act of racial harassment, there is something you can do.

Safely intervene as a bystander using the 5D’s: distract, delegate, delay, direct, and document.

The "5 Ds of Bystander Intervention"

Created in partnership with Hollaback!, a nonprofit working to end harassment in all its forms, both the trainings and PSA are based on the "5 Ds of bystander intervention", which are different methods a person can use to help victims of harassment. These are: 

Distract: de-escalating the situation by starting a conversation with the victim or finding another way to draw attention away from them
Delegate: finding someone in a position of authority and asking them for help
Delay: checking in with the victim after the incident is over
Direct: speaking up about the harassment 
Document: recording a video of the incident

For more info, watch the PSA (above) featuring the voice of actor Ken Jeong and illustrations by award-winning artist James Yang.

We are stronger together so please share this video and help educate our community and allies.

free bystander intervention trainings

Advancing Justice – LA has begun conducting free 1-hour bystander intervention training workshops. Facilitated by staff of Advancing Justice – LA and other Asian Pacific Islander community based organizations who will be a mix of bilingual and English-speaking, the trainings will serve predominantly the Southern California community, but anyone can register. Trainings will initially be offered in English and later this year in Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese. Future curriculum enhancements will be made for first-generation immigrants and youth in schools. Trainings will be held virtually and then in combination with in-person training as Covid-19 restrictions allow.Sign up for free bystander intervention trainings:

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