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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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Thursday, March 31 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Asian American Women, Labor and Justice

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This panel analyzes Asian American immigrant women’s struggles for workplace justice. Joyce Lam from CPA SF will describe CPA’s work successfully organizing Yank Sing restaurant workers in San Francisco with a gender-specific approach. Lisa Fu from CHNSC will address the issues impacting Vietnamese nail salon workers at the intersection of environmental and reproductive justice. Irene Jor will share NDWA's approach to multiracial organizing while confronting multiple issues facing domestic workers. Kat Choi from Advancing Justice-LA will discuss how litigation can be an important strategy when fighting for labor rights for Asian American women workers.

Moderators
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Preeti Sharma

Ph.D. Candidate, Gender Studies Department, University of California, Los Angeles
Preeti Sharma is a doctoral candidate in Gender Studies at University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include gendered labor, service economies, and worker center organizing. Her dissertation, "The Thread Between Them," examines race, class, and gender in Los Angeles' beauty service industry through South Asian threading salons. She has supported numerous research justice and storytelling efforts, including the most recent... Read More →

Speakers
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Kat Choi

UCLA Public Interest Law Fellow, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Kat Choi is the UCLA Public Interest Service Fellow in Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles's Impact Litigation Unit. She graduated from University of California, Los Angeles Law School with concentrations in Critical Race Studies and David J. Epstein Public Interest Program and Policy. She has nine years of immigrant and worker rights' organizing and advocacy experience from working with Korean and Asian communities in Illinois as... Read More →
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Lisa Fu

California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, Program and Outreach Director
Lisa Fu is the Program and Outreach Director for the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, where she oversees the leadership development and organizing of nail salon workers and owners. For over 15 years, Fu has worked on various health and social justice issues impacting Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, including environmental justice, reproductive justice, and tobacco control. Fu is continually inspired by the... Read More →
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Irene Jor

New York Organizer, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Irene Jor is the New York Organizer at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, where she oversees their New York campaign and field growth strategy. In her role, she also coordinates the New York Domestic Workers Coalition and supports NDWA's affiliates in their multi-faceted domestic worker organizing efforts and strategic planning. Jor first joined NDWA’s staff in 2013 as Special Assistant to the director, Ai-jen Poo. Prior to NDWA, she... Read More →
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Joyce Lam

Senior Community Organizer, Chinese Progressive Association
Joyce Lam was born and raised in Hong Kong and currently works in the San Francisco Bay area. She has personal experience living in a monolingual immigrant family in a region plagued by inequality. At her previous position at the Single Room Occupancy Families United Collaborative, she learned how organizing delivers big and long-lasting impact as a model of change. Currently the senior community organizer at Chinese Progressive Association... Read More →