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Webinar: Conversation in the Wake of Violence: Xenophobia and Understanding the Trauma

April 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

1 Hour MCLE; 1 Recognition and Elimination of Bias. Co-sponsored by the California Young Lawyers Association.

According to the “Stop AAPI Hate” report, since March 2020, approximately 4,000 anti-Asian hate incidents have been reported across the nation. Out of which, Californians account for 44% of such incidents. The act of violence in Atlanta is not one isolated incident but contributes to the continuing rise of violence and hate crimes against the AAPI community across the nation. The intention of these conversation is to engage in the national dialogue of protecting minority communities and responding to hate crime and the intergenerational trauma around it.

The conversation will explore the nature and impact of hate crimes and their prosecution. How does the law define “hate crimes” and the successes and challenges in prosecuting them? As a result of such senseless and abhorrent attacks, there will be a discussion that delves into the impact on the community. How bystander intervention might play a role in prevention and support. We will also talk about reporting hate crimes and some resources to seek assistance. 

Moderator: Payal Sinha. Speakers: Regina Wei and Amelia Diedrich.

Speaker Info

Regina Wei, M.A. MFT, is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with more than fourteen years of experience working as a healer, yoga teacher, classroom teacher, and DEIJ (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice) practitioner. Regina’s focus as a clinician is on providing culturally sensitive, identity affirming, and trauma-informed therapy using a holistic, collaborative, and deeply compassionate approach. Working primarily from an Internal Family Systems (IFS) framework, Regina seeks to empower individuals, couples and families from a systemic, feminist, and transformative lens.  Regina teaches trauma-informed yoga and is passionate about introducing mindfulness, meditation, and healthy lifestyle choices into the therapy process as she knows first-hand the importance of addressing the mind-body aspects of clients’ healing journeys. Regina is particularly welcoming of BIPOC folks and people who identify as LGBTQ+. Website: www.ReginaWei.com

Amelia Diedrich, J.D., is a Deputy District Attorney for San Mateo County. After graduating from San Diego State University, Amelia attended law school in San Francisco at UC Hastings College of the Law. Thanks to the mandatory 1L Crim Law class, Amelia decided early in law school that she wanted to be a prosecutor. In 2012, just after graduating law school, Amelia joined the San Mateo District Attorney’s Office and has been there ever since. Currently assigned to the Gang Unit, Amelia has tried over 25 jury trials to verdict for crimes ranging from driving under the influence to attempted murder. In August 2019, Amelia was assigned a felony hate crime case. After a four-week jury trial, the case came to a close in March 2021. The experience of prosecuting that case demonstrated the pitfalls and complexities of prosecuting hate crimes in today’s environment.

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