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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 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Innovations in Immigrant Rights: Winning Pro-Immigrant State and Local Policies **

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Pro-immigrant policy at the federal level has stalled, and deportations, raids, and anti-immigrant rhetoric have created a hostile national landscape. In the midst of this harsh environment, some states and localities have embraced pro-immigrant policies that serve as a national model for welcoming immigrants and advancing proactive change. This panel showcases some of these innovative policies and uplifts possibilities for replication in other states and localities.

** Advancing Justice - LA is a State Bar of California approved Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) provider. Pre-determined MCLE credits are being provided for this activity. Please note that 1.5 hours of MCLE credits are approved for California State Bar members only.

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Reshma Shamasunder

Policy Consultant, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Reshma Shamasunder is an advocate and policy consultant. She formerly served as Executive Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC). Under Shamasunder's leadership, CIPC helped to advance several successful state campaigns, including preserving health and human service programs, securing driver's licenses for all Californians regardless of status, and furthering immigrant integration efforts. Shamasunder served on the boards of... Read More →

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Steven Choi

Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition
Steven Choi is the Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, a coalition of nearly 200 member groups that represents New York State’s immigrant communities. Previously, Choi was the Executive Director of the MinKwon Center for Community Action. Prior to that, Choi was Director of the Korean Workers Project at the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund. Choi received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a M.A. from... Read More →
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Melissa Keaney

Staff Attorney, National Immigration Law Center
Melissa Keaney focuses on promoting the rights of low-income immigrants through litigation, technical assistance, and administrative advocacy. Her main work areas focus on immigration enforcement, with particular focus on programs that entangle local law enforcement in immigration enforcement. She regularly provides assistance to state advocates on state anti-immigrant proposals as well as pro-immigrant measures aimed at immigrant inclusion... Read More →
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Grisel Ruiz

Staff Attorney, Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Grisel Ruiz is a staff attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, specializing in the intersection between immigration law and criminal law. She advises defense attorneys on the immigration consequences of criminal offenses and supports immigration enforcement campaigns across California. Previously, she co-founded “Know Your Rights” programs at two Northern California Immigration and Customs Enforcement-contracted facilities... Read More →
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Gabriela Villareal

Interim Executive Director, California Immigrant Policy Center
Gabriela Villareal is the interim Executive Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center. She also provides guidance and support to many of the organization’s advocacy campaigns as the Policy Manager. Since joining CIPC in 2011, she has worked alongside community-based, local and state coalitions to advance inclusive public policies. Villareal has over a decade of advocacy experience in both small and large non-profit organizations... Read More →