TABA Takes a Stand

TABA Takes a Stand Against Anti-AAPI Hate

The Thai American Bar Association strongly condemns the thousands of acts of hatred against the AAPI community. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States have increasingly been the target of violence, harassment, and xenophobic rhetoric. On January 29, 2021, Khun Vicha Ratanapakdee, an elderly Thai man was violently attacked in San Francisco and died from his injuries. Less than two months later, on March 16, 2021, a gunman entered multiple massage parlors in the Atlanta area and killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women. These are not isolated incidents — AAPIs, including members of the Thai and Thai-American community, have been physically attacked, verbally accosted, treated discriminatorily in public, and have had their places of worship vandalized; including a Lao Buddhist Temple in Arkansas on April 5, 2020.

TABA joins its ally organizations across the country in standing up against hate. We are committed to being a part of the solution by providing our membership with resources and opportunities for education and advocacy. TABA takes an active stance against racism in all of its forms and encourages the Thai and Thai-American legal community and our allies to do the same.

See our RESOURCES page to learn more.

Black Lives Matter Solidarity Statement

TABA stands in solidarity with the Black community and other bar associations in speaking out against racism and demanding justice, accountability and reform to the systems which perpetuate racial injustice. We recognize and accept our collective responsibility to stand up for the Black community and be the allies we are called to be. We are committed to being a part of the solution by providing our membership with opportunities for education and advocacy, and by supporting efforts to dismantle systems of racism and anti-Black sentiment. We encourage our members and community to take an active stance against racism in all its forms.