Asian American Hate Crimes Workgroup
“Our national motto is ‘E Pluribus Unum’: ‘out of many—one.’ Living up to that ideal will take more listening, understanding, and supporting each other, and it will take all of us working together, to confront all these things that are threatening to tear us apart. My sincere hope is that more leaders across our country will stand up and speak out about the need to confront and defeat the challenge of anti-Asian discrimination, hate, and violence.” —Governor Larry Hogan
“I hope everyone remembers that we are all Americans and all immigrants to this land. This is where Asian Americans build our lives just like so many others, so no one should hear ‘go back’ to somewhere. This is our home. Stop the hate. Hate has no home here.” —First Lady Yumi Hogan
“I’m grateful to Governor Hogan and the First Lady for focusing attention on bias and violence against Asian Americans, and to the talented members of the workgroup who have volunteered their time and energy to help drive our collective efforts. I’m excited to begin our important work of developing and presenting thoughtful proposals to the governor. No one, including Asian Americans, should have to fear threats based on their physical appearance.”
—Chairman Robert Hur
ABOUT THE WORKGROUP
The Asian American Hate Crimes Workgroup, led by former U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur, was tasked with developing strategies, recommendations, and actions to address the rise in violence and discrimination targeting the Asian American community.
Amid a national rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans, Governor Hogan announced the formation of a statewide workgroup to address this rise in anti-Asian activity, prevent acts of violence, and to support victims and witnesses.
After careful consideration and analysis, the workgroup issued a series of recommendations that led Governor Hogan to advance immediate statewide actions to support Asian American students, businesses, and families.
Robert K. Hur, Chairman
Robert K. Hur is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Presidentially appointed and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he served as the 48th U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland from 2018 to 2021. He previously served as the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
Pastor Daniel S. Baeq
Pastor Daniel S. Baeq has been the senior pastor at Bethel Korean Presbyterian Church since 2015. He was a missions pastor at a Korean-American church in Virginia before being a missionary to Cambodia. In 2011, he also established the Paul G. Hiebert Global Center for Intercultural Studies at the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS).
Leticia Barr is a computer science teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools. In 2008, she founded Tech Savvy Mama, a website aimed at helping parents navigate parenting in the digital age. She currently serves on the educational advisory board for Responsibility.org.
Officer Stella T. Dieu
Police Officer First Class Stella Dieu is a Howard County police officer and a member of the Howard County Asian American and Pacific Islander Workgroup. She currently serves as the liaison to the Asian American community in Howard County with the primary role of bridging the gap between the police department and the Asian American population.
Dr. Eugenia Henry
Dr. Eugenia Henry is the founder and president of H2O Clinical, LLC, a company that performs data management and statistics for clinical trials. Dr. Henry has worked in the health industry for more than 30 years. She received Taiwan’s overseas Bedrock Entrepreneur Award in 2017 for small and medium enterprises. She also received the Huaguan Award from the Global Federation of Chinese Business Women (GFCBW) in 2016. Currently, she serves as a commissioner representing Baltimore County on the Maryland Commission for Women.
Captain Jeff Kloiber
Captain Jeffrey Kloiber is a 24-year veteran with the Maryland State Police. He currently serves as the commander of the Criminal Intelligence Section and the deputy director of the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center (MCAC). As deputy director of MCAC, Captain Kloiber manages personnel from multiple federal, state, and local agencies focused on combatting terrorism and criminal activity in Maryland, which includes the production of an annual assessment of all hate/bias incidents reported to law enforcement in the state.
Chan Park serves as a Director of Congressional Affairs for Microsoft Corporation. He previously served as General Counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Maryland. He co-founded the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, a legal services organization dedicated to serving the AAPI community in the Washington, D.C. area, and is a member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of D.C. and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
Lien Cu-Ritzer has worked in the medical management field for 16 years at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and several private practices. Cu-Ritzer joined Ritz Construction, Inc. in 2007 until she assumed the role of president in 2013. The company has grown from a team of three to now over 40 full-time employees under her leadership.
Jaymi Sterling currently serves as Assistant State’s Attorney for Anne Arundel County prosecuting violent felony criminal cases and a liaison for Anne Arundel County Police Department’s fatal overdose investigators. Prior to joining the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office, Sterling served as Deputy State’s Attorney for St. Mary’s County and was cross-designated as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland. She is an active member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Maryland, Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association, and the Maryland State Bar Association.
Chiling Tong is the president of the National Asian & Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship and the founding president of the International Leadership Foundation. She is a commissioner on the Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. Tong has been a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Awards Board for young leaders. She previously served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of Commerce and was an Ash Center Research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Marcus L. Wang, Esq.
Marcus L. Wang, Esq., is the co-founder, president, and general manager of the Baltimore-based ZytoGen Global Genetics Institute. Prior to ZytoGen, Wang was recruited by publicly traded apparel brand Under Armour to lead its expansion into the China market. Wang currently serves as a commissioner for the Maryland Health Care Commission, and as chair of the Baltimore County Economic Development Advisory Board. He is licensed and admitted to practice as an attorney in the State of New York.
Janelle Wong is a professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a core faculty member in the Asian American Studies Program. She was a co-principal investigator on the 2016 National Asian American Survey and 2020 Asian American Voter Survey, nationwide surveys of Asian American political and social attitudes. Her advocacy work has focused on support for affirmative action, voting rights, and other Asian American issues.
- Glenn Fueston currently serves as Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, & Victim Services.
- Steve McAdams currently serves as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives which oversees the Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and the Governor’s Commission on South Asian American Affairs.
- Christina W. Poy serves as the administrative director for the Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and the Governor’s Commission on South Asian American Affairs.
- Jimmy Rhee is Special Secretary of the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority, & Women Business Affairs.
- Alex Choi, Policy Advisor to Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor
- Soo Koo, Chief of Staff, Office of First Lady Yumi Hogan
- Stephanie Meighan, Deputy Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor
Speaking Out and Taking Action
After a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, Governor Hogan directed state law enforcement officials to increase enhanced visibility patrols across Maryland. The governor encouraged victims and witnesses to report incidents to the state’s Hate Crimes Hotline (1-866-481-8361), urged Congress to pass legislation to improve and expand the reporting of hate crimes, and called on federal and state prosecutors to more aggressively investigate alleged hate crimes.
Governor Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan have continued to support Asian-owned businesses across the state, including businesses along ‘Korean Way,’ a state-designated five mile stretch along Route 40 in Ellicott City. View photos from the visit.
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QUICK LINKS AND RESOURCES
Email the workgroup at email@example.com.
To report incidents to the state’s Hate Crimes Hotline, please call 1-866-481-8361.
Access The Asian American Foundation’s toolkit for guidelines on how to respond to hate crimes.
Visit the Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Resource Center for more.