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Dan Brody, an attorney with Robinson &; Cole in Hartford, left, and Emily Covey, a law student at the University of Connecticut School of Law, right. Courtesy photos Dan Brody, an attorney with Robinson & Cole in Hartford, left, and Emily Covey, a law student at the University of Connecticut School of Law, right. Courtesy photos

As University of Connecticut School of Law student Emily Covey prepares to graduate this spring and start her career in the Boston office of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, she’s also well aware of both subtle and outright aggression directed toward Asian Americans since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Study after study bears out what Covey has experienced walking down the street, in her apartment building and even in a parking lot: Asian Americans have a target on their back because the coronavirus pandemic originated in China.


DATA: Anti-Asian Hate Crime Reported to Police in America’s Largest Cities: 2019 & 2020


For 28-year-old Covey, adopted from her native China by an American family, she says the incidents she endured are heartbreaking.

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