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The 2016 Advancing Justice Conference (AJC) is the first and only national conference in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community focusing on civil rights and social justice. Over 700 AAPIs from across the U.S. will come together to address issues facing our fastest growing populations. The theme will focus on civic engagement and building our electoral and social power in support of economic and racial justice. Conference attendees will participate in two days of panel discussions, caucus sessions, skills and capacity building, trainings, and networking receptions.

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Wednesday, March 30 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
AANHPI Incarceration and Beyond

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This panel will examine the “school to prison to deportation pipeline” as it impacts Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Panelists will provide insight into the policy (and political?) context for this pipeline, how AAPI individuals and communities are harmed by existing policies, and how service providers are trying to meet the needs of community members.

Moderators
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Paul Jung

Staff Attorney, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Paul graduated from UCLA Law School's Public Interest Law and Policy Program in 2013. He currently works as Staff Attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA where he focuses on raising awareness about criminal legal system reform issues, empowering individuals and families directly impacted by the system, and advocating for policy reforms. During law school, Paul was a member of various student groups, actively participated in legal... Read More →

Speakers
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Jacqueline Dan

Staff Attorney II / VABANC Law Foundation Fellow, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Orange County
Jacqueline Dan has been practicing immigration law since 2010 as a Staff Attorney with Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles's Orange County office. She currently helps Southeast Asian immigrants challenging unlawful immigration detention or deportation. Prior to providing immigration services at Advancing Justice, Dan was a judicial extern with the Immigration Court of Los Angeles. She also interned at the National Immigration Law... Read More →
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David Kupihea

Maintenance Supervisor, Amity Foundation
David Kupihea served a total of 18.5 years behind the wall--first for 6.5 years and then second for 12 years. Kupihea was paroled in 2010 and since then, he has been the maintenance supervisor for the Amity Foundation in Los Angeles. While his job takes up a considerable amount of his time, he views his primary roles in his community as mentor, brother, listener, and facilitator. Kupihea leads a static group on Sundays and facilitates a... Read More →
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Jay Ly

Manager, Stinkin Crawfish
Jay Ly is an advocate for at-risk youth, a successful entrepreneur and a busy business manager, operating three restaurant chains across Los Angeles County. Ly formerly worked at the Community Youth Center of San Francisco, where he advocated tirelessly for peace and positive changes in the Asian and Pacific Islander community by instilling in youth values of leadership development, public speaking, education, cultural understanding and community... Read More →
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Duc Ta

Co Founder, API RISE
At the age of 16, Duc Ta was arrested for driving a car from which gunshots were fired. No one was injured. Ta was charged as an adult and sent to adult prison, sentenced to 35 years to life. He was released from prison after serving 15 years. From 2013 to 2014, Ta worked for the Amity Foundation as the Prop 36 Coordinator under Stanford University Law. He assisted newly released 3-Strikers in finding jobs and housing. He left the Amity... Read More →
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Ben Wang

Co-Chair, Asian Prisoner Support Committee
Ben Wang is the co-founder of the San Quentin Restoring Our Original True Selves (ROOTS) program, a weekly class based on an Asian American Studies/Ethnic Studies curriculum. He is also the Director/Producer of the documentary film Breathin': The Eddy Zheng Story.