NAADAC stands with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the face of the violence and atrocities that have been and are sadly continuing to be perpetrated against its members. We acknowledge the overwhelming pain and trauma the community is experiencing in the wake of the senseless attacks in Georgia and across the country. We are speaking up against hate, xenophobia, and violence.
NAADAC condemns all levels and types of violence and recognizes that violence is particularly egregious when it is based on race, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.
As a professional association, we strive to unify and empower addiction-focused professionals to achieve excellence through education, advocacy, knowledge, standards of practice, ethics, professional development, and research. Until the targeted hate against minority communities ceases to be an everyday occurrence, we cannot achieve this goal and fulfill our purpose. We condemn violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and all violence directed explicitly towards any marginalized group.
We remember and mourn the loss of Xiaojie Tan, Hyun Jung Grant, Soon Chung Park, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, and Daoyou Feng, as well as the other victims of the senseless and xenophobic violence. We honor these victims and the families and communities that they leave behind.
As addiction professionals, we know that understanding and appreciating someone's pain is vital to help them heal. To better understand the pain of those in the AAPI community and to grow as addiction professionals, friends, neighbors, and community members, NAADAC encourages everyone in the recovery community to continue learning and hearing the stories of those experiencing trauma and injustice. We recommend resources from the following agencies and associations: