Our Work

OUR WORK

As an educational and charitable platform, Golden Voice Society has several running projects that we fund and implement to directly impact our communities.

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Asian Hate Crime Tracker

The Asian Hate Crime Tracker is the one stop, crowdsourced tool to track and notify our community on violent felonies against Asians. There are many videos across the internet and mass media of Asians being brutally beaten, robbed, and even killed. Despite this, there is not a single central database used to collate the publicly available information, such as statistics, type of crime, location, and court disposition, for these incidents.

GVS has a multi tier approach to promote safety awareness nationwide in the Asian community with the Asian Hate Crime Tracker:

-Data Collection: The crowdsourced format allows incidents to be included into the database as soon as they occur and goes beyond the limitations on relying on any single source.

-Data Reliability and Credibility: To ensure our database has the most up-to-date, relevant, and credible information, included incidents have met a certain set of criteria set by GVS.

Incident Criteria:

1. Asian victim of a crime considered to be a violent felony (robbery, home invasion, battery/assault resulting in injury)

2. Documented with a source (police press release, news article from a trusted source, publicised police report)

3. Supporting media (photos, video, social media posts, PDF of source material)

4. Location

-Education and Awareness: The objective of the Asian Hate Crime Tracker is to be an educational source of information for community members, researchers, and victims of crime. The tracker focuses on violent felonies to prevent the lack of transparency and clarity that often happens with the data collection and presentation of violence against Asians.

Exclusions from the Asian Hate Crime Tracker Data Collection:

-Anecdotal incidents without supporting documents or sources
-Incidents that do not have elements of a violent felony

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Missing Grandma Project

Mental decline disorders like dementia and Alzheimers are an unfortunate fate that affects our elderly population. Far too often, we hear stories where grandmas and grandpas wander off and get lost with some never returning home.

When our missing elders come into contact with good Samaritans or emergency services, it can take hours to properly identify them and his or her family due to language barriers or the family’s reluctance to file a missing persons report.

The Missing Grandma Project aims to combat this issue. This project will fund engraved bracelets with a medical alert logo and identifying information for our elders. These bracelets will feature an “Alzheimer's clasp” that requires two hands to remove. With all relevant information available on the bracelet, anyone who comes across a missing elder wearing one can easily identify who the elder is and who to call for help.

What used to take hours–finding a culturally and linguistically competent speaker, positively identifying the found person on government databases, and waiting for a diagnosis on medical conditions–can now be done in mere minutes.

SECURITY

Business Improvement Initiative: Lock Exchange Program / Security Surveillance Program

Some Asian communities have enough political influence to pass business improvement district (BID) initiatives. These special taxes in that community fund improvement measures back into their neighbourhood. These measures include BID cameras, hired janitor and security to supplement the police and public works, and other quality of life spendings.

However, not every community has this benefit.

The Business Improvement Initiative implements two specific solutions for a safer and more secure community in any city: The Lock Exchange Program and the Security Surveillance Program

Lock Exchange Program: Many merchants in Asian communities still use a regular convenience store padlock with “hardened” shackles and standard pin/combination locks to secure their gates. These exposed shackles can be easily cut with a standard bolt cutter, while normal pins can be easily picked, and some combination locks can be opened in less than a second with a shim. Often, these locks are used due to an ignorance of its vulnerabilities or a refusal to pay for more expensive and better security.

The Lock Exchange Program will bring together volunteers on a walk through our Asian Communities with the goal to look for these vulnerable locks. When one is found, GVS volunteers will use this educational opportunity to explain the risks to business owners and offer to trade the deficient lock with one that has these features:

-Added cutting resistance feature: Shrouded, thicker shackle, or harder material (boron carbide)
-Spool pins present inside locking mechanism

Security Surveillance Program: While crime may not be stopped or prevented in all cases, having footage of the incident, especially when it captures a face or fleeing vehicle, greatly increases the chances of arrest and prosecution. For a business owner, another added benefit is liability protection.

The Security Surveillance Program is aimed at Asian community businesses that do not have any video surveillance in his or her store. GVS volunteers will help mount and install security cameras for the store owner and explain the cameras’ functions.

Asian Hate Crime Tracker

The Asian Hate Crime Tracker is the one stop, crowdsourced tool to track and notify our community on violent felonies against Asians. There are many videos across the internet and mass media of Asians being brutally beaten, robbed, and even killed. Despite this, there is not a single central database used to collate the publicly available information, such as statistics, type of crime, location, and court disposition, for these incidents.

GVS has a multi tier approach to promote safety awareness nationwide in the Asian community with the Asian Hate Crime Tracker:

-Data Collection: The crowdsourced format allows incidents to be included into the database as soon as they occur and goes beyond the limitations on relying on any single source.

-Data Reliability and Credibility: To ensure our database has the most up-to-date, relevant, and credible information, included incidents have met a certain set of criteria set by GVS.

Incident Criteria:

1. Asian victim of a crime considered to be a violent felony (robbery, home invasion, battery/assault resulting in injury)

2. Documented with a source (police press release, news article from a trusted source, publicised police report)

3. Supporting media (photos, video, social media posts, PDF of source material)

4. Location

-Education and Awareness: The objective of the Asian Hate Crime Tracker is to be an educational source of information for community members, researchers, and victims of crime. The tracker focuses on violent felonies to prevent the lack of transparency and clarity that often happens with the data collection and presentation of violence against Asians.

Exclusions from the Asian Hate Crime Tracker Data Collection:

-Anecdotal incidents without supporting documents or sources
-Incidents that do not have elements of a violent felony

Missing Grandma Project

Mental decline disorders like dementia and Alzheimers are an unfortunate fate that affects our elderly population. Far too often, we hear stories where grandmas and grandpas wander off and get lost with some never returning home.

When our missing elders come into contact with good Samaritans or emergency services, it can take hours to properly identify them and his or her family due to language barriers or the family’s reluctance to file a missing persons report.

The Missing Grandma Project aims to combat this issue. This project will fund engraved bracelets with a medical alert logo and identifying information for our elders. These bracelets will feature an “Alzheimer's clasp” that requires two hands to remove. With all relevant information available on the bracelet, anyone who comes across a missing elder wearing one can easily identify who the elder is and who to call for help.

What used to take hours–finding a culturally and linguistically competent speaker, positively identifying the found person on government databases, and waiting for a diagnosis on medical conditions–can now be done in mere minutes.

Business Improvement Program: Lock Exchange Program / Security Surveillance Program

Some Asian communities have enough political influence to pass business improvement district (BID) initiatives. These special taxes in that community fund improvement measures back into their neighbourhood. These measures include BID cameras, hired janitor and security to supplement the police and public works, and other quality of life spendings.

However, not every community has this benefit.

The Business Improvement Program implements two specific solutions for a safer and more secure community in any city: The Lock Exchange Program and the Security Surveillance Program

Lock Exchange Program: Many merchants in Asian communities still use a regular convenience store padlock with “hardened” shackles and standard pin/combination locks to secure their gates. These exposed shackles can be easily cut with a standard bolt cutter, while normal pins can be easily picked, and some combination locks can be opened in less than a second with a shim. Often, these locks are used due to an ignorance of its vulnerabilities or a refusal to pay for more expensive and better security.

The Lock Exchange Program will bring together volunteers on a walk through our Asian Communities with the goal to look for these vulnerable locks. When one is found, GVS volunteers will use this educational opportunity to explain the risks to business owners and offer to trade the deficient lock with one that has these features:

-Added cutting resistance feature: Shrouded, thicker shackle, or harder material (boron carbide)
-Spool pins present inside locking mechanism

Security Surveillance Program: While crime may not be stopped or prevented in all cases, having footage of the incident, especially when it captures a face or fleeing vehicle, greatly increases the chances of arrest and prosecution. For a business owner, another added benefit is liability protection.

The Security Surveillance Program is aimed at Asian community businesses that do not have any video surveillance in his or her store. GVS volunteers will help mount and install security cameras for the store owner and explain the cameras’ functions.

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