Statement on the Fatal Police Shooting of Jayland Walker
Late last month, 25-year-old Jayland Walker was gunned down by eight police officers after fleeing an attempted stop for a minor traffic violation. Walker, who was Black, was unarmed when police fired 90 shots at him over the course of seven seconds. He was hit between 60 and 80 times and died at the scene. According to the Walker family’s lawyers, officers cuffed Jayland before attempting to provide first aid. Read our full statement here.
CFR Denounces SCOTUS Decision Overturning Roe v. Wade
Today the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) handed down a decision striking down Roe v. Wade, leaving access to legal and safe abortion up to the states – about half of which plan to ban the medical procedure. The Center for Family Representation (CFR) condemns this harmful decision and stands in solidarity with all those whose access to abortion will be restricted or eliminated entirely. Read our full statement here.
Statement on Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month
May marks Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the rich histories and cultures of Asian Americans, South Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to reflect on their resilience. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, AANHPI communities across America experienced sharp increases in violence and harassment. In New York City, reports of hate crimes against AANHPI communities rose by 361 percent from 2020 to 2021.
In March, GuiYing Ma died ten weeks after a man attacked her and struck her head with a rock while she was sweeping the sidewalk outside of her Jackson Heights, Queens home. In February, seven Asian American women were assaulted by one man during a three-hour period in Manhattan. In January, Michelle Go, who had just celebrated her 40th birthday, was pushed onto the subway tracks from behind. The Sikh community of Richmond Hill, Queens, continues to be on edge after a series of assaults targeting community members. Whether they are riding the subway, attending church services, working at their place of business, or simply crossing the street, AANHPI individuals and communities are being targeted. Read our full statement here.
Statement in Response to the Racially-Motivated Mass Shooting in Buffalo, New York
This past Saturday, 13 people were killed or injured by an 18-year-old gunman espousing white supremacist ideology. The mass shooting occurred at Tops Supermarket in a primarily Black and Brown neighborhood in Buffalo, New York. Eleven of the victims were Black. No words can soothe the pain and loss that this act of racist terrorism has brought.
As we continue to process this tragic hate crime, we recognize that as an organization, CFR represents primarily Black and Brown families – the same types of families who were violently targeted last weekend. Each day, CFR’s clients routinely face extreme scrutiny by the very systems that are meant to uplift them. Read our full statement here.
New York City Defenders Request Reinstatement of Protections of the Family Court Act
Read our letter to Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins, and Assembly Speaker Heastie to immediately end all suspensions of Articles Three and Ten of the Family Court Act (“FCA”) that were imposed pursuant to Executive Orders issued in response to the pandemic crisis (the “EOs”).
For more than a year, the Executive Orders have been interpreted by the New York City Family Court Administration and many individual Family Court judges as eliminating constitutional and statutory rights of families threatened with separation or juvenile detention in New York State. These orders, in conjunction with Administrative Orders issued by the Chief Administrative Judge, have resulted in great harm to thousands of individuals who have been denied the due process guaranteed by New York law to challenge the separation of families and the detention of children by the government.
Anti-Asian Violence 2.0
Going for a morning stroll.
Walking around the neighborhood park.
Opening the door for a customer.
Clocking in and out of work.
These are the daily, mundane activities that Vicha Ratanapakdee, Ee Lee, Yong Ae Yue, Amarjeet Kaur Johal, Amarjit Sekhon, Jasvinder Kaur, and Jaswinder Singh were engaging in when they were murdered. For too many Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islanders (AANHPI), stepping out the front door and entering public spaces means confronting the fear that they could be the next victim. Read our full statement here.
George Floyd Should Still Be Alive
No verdict can bring George Floyd back.
At CFR, we are defenders. We appreciate and fight each day for the right to competent and zealous defense – for parents, for youth and for families. We fight for fair trials. Chauvin had a fair and lengthy trial, and after two weeks of deliberate, detailed and irrefutable evidence, a jury of his peers found him guilty. We expect the other officers will also be held accountable. Read our full statement here.
Joint Statement in Response to Racial Slurs
CFR and several other defender services organizations in New York City have issued a joint statement in response to reports that a New York City Family Court clerk used racial slurs to refer to a 15-year-old during a virtual court proceeding:
“White supremacy and violence fill every crevice of our criminal legal system…The use of racist slurs by court staff is part and parcel of the same system that allows police to repeatedly and disproportionately shoot Black and brown children, and we must seriously reckon with the ideology that fuels both.”
Read the full statement here.
Letter to Governor Cuomo and State Legislature
Families deserve respect. The so-called ‘Child Welfare’ system is really a Family Regulation System; and it has over-scrutinized, investigated, and surveilled Black and Brown families, while resting on the false premise that this regulation and separation are necessary to keep children safe.
Read our letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to pass a suite of bills aimed at helping the family regulation system move from a framework of racially-based surveillance and punishment towards a system that supports and empowers Black and brown families.
Child Welfare Reimagined: Family Regulation and Separation Are Not Support
As an agency that has spent nearly 20 years advocating for more than 10,000 Black and Brown parents whose children are at risk of being placed in foster care, we believe that this moment is a time to recognize that it is not just our policing system that denigrates and destroys the lives of people of color. Read our statement here.
ASFA Threatens Family Bonds – Stop the Clock
CFR strongly supports legislation which would suspend the harsh ASFA timeline and would allow families the time they need to reunify safely. It is critically necessary to help parents whose children are in foster care and are at risk of losing contact with them forever due to Covid-19. Read more here.
Reforms Needed – Juvenile & Criminal Justice Systems
The juvenile and criminal justice systems are in need of significant reforms. CFR supports the immediate passage of these bills as a start. Learn more.
Anti-Asian Violence 1.0
CFR stands in support of our Asian American clients, our Asian American staff members, Asian American essential workers, and Asian American communities. Read our statement here.