Alvin Carpio: ending racism towards people of East and South-East Asian heritage
According to police reports, hate crimes towards people of East and South-East Asian (ESEA) heritage have almost tripled during the Covid-19 crisis. People from this community have been subject to verbal and physical assault and have been wrongly blamed for causing the pandemic. News reports over the last five years also show that many people of East and South-East Asian heritage experience racism that is largely unreported or ignored.
Alvin Carpio is a human rights campaigner and entrepreneur from Newham in London. In May this year, he launched and co-founded End the Virus of Racism, a coalition of British-based East and South-East Asian academics and human rights advocates who are urging the UK Government to condemn these growing hate crimes and give extra protection to targeted communities.
Alvin will use his grant to set up the UK's first non-profit dedicated to addressing racism towards people of ESEA heritage. The non-profit will be led by people with lived experience of the problem and will provide support to victims of hate crime, including a hotline service and a peer support group. It will also connect with local community organisations for joined-up action and will conduct research to build knowledge, lobby the government and inform policy. Alvin hopes that the group will tackle the rise in hate crime and also underlying structural inequalities and racism in British society. Alvin's Churchill Fellowship to the USA in 2014 explored how community leaders are transforming the lives of the socially excluded, and was supported by the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services.