Bystander Intervention Trainings

Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment are on the rise across the US -- and the world. In these virtual workshops hosted on Zoom and co-sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA and Hollaback!, you’ll learn how you can intervene effectively as a bystander without ever compromising your safety.

In response to the alarming surge in hate incidents targeting the Asian American community, Advancing Justice – LA, a leading legal and civil rights organization, is launching its first-ever bystander intervention initiative. The effort includes the debut of a PSA narrated by actor Ken Jeong designed to promote awareness and usage of bystander intervention methods. Intended to prevent verbal harassment from escalating into physical violence, these techniques oer everyday people the chance to assist victims and play a role in keeping their communities safe. 

Created in partnership with Hollaback!, a nonprofit working to end harassment in all its forms, the PSAs are based on the “5Ds of bystander intervention”, which are dierent methods a person can use to help victims of harassment.

Watch full version.

Download the full PSA here.


Watch 30 second version.

Download the 30 second PSA here.

Download PSA Social Media Kit.

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Friday, May 7th 2021, 11 am - 12 pm PDT: Register Here

Wednesday, May 12th 2021, 1 pm - 2 pm PDT: Register Here

Tuesday, May 18th, 1- 2 pm PDT: Register Here

Wednesday, May 26, 3-4 pm PDT: Register Here

These webinars have a maximum capacity of 500 attendees. More sessions will be added in the coming weeks at much greater capacity. Please subscribe to our email list for updates.


What can I learn?

The one-hour, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!’s 5D’s of bystander intervention methodology.

  • We’ll start by talking about the types of disrespect that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now -from microaggressions to violence - using a tool we call the “spectrum of disrespect.” 
  • You’ll learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. 
  • We’ll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening.
  • We’ll have time at the end for practice and you’ll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see anti-Asian/American harassment online or in person. 


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