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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 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders And Immigration Policy: Building a Vision for the Future

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Description: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing population in the United States. Many of our community members depend upon our immigration system to unify families and support our communities. Instead, our immigration system tears families apart and creates incredible hurdles for community members seeking to change their status. This workshop will explore potential pro-immigrant changes to federal policy that would benefit Asian American and Pacific Islander individuals and families. A panel will highlight some of the concerns with existing policies, followed by a facilitated discussion with participants to gain a shared understanding of which policies Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders could push for to support our communities.

Presentation Links:
Washington Post: "Timeline: The Rise and Fall of Immigration Reform"
SEAFN Campaign Launch Video 
More presentation materials downloadable below.

Moderators
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Anthony Ng

Policy Advocate, Immigrant Rights, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Anthony Ng is an undocumented Pilipino from Los Angeles, California. Ng graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2011 with a B.A. in Political Science. He currently works at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles as a Policy Advocate, and leads the immigrant rights project working on issues of immigrant integration, immigration enforcement, and immigrant youth organizing. He previously served on United We... Read More →

Speakers
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Ray Jose

Immigrant Youth Justice Organizer, Many Languages One Voice
Ray Jose is a 1.75 generation undocumented immigrant from the Philippines. He and his family came to the United States in 2000, in hopes of more opportunities and a better future. Jose learned about his undocumented status in the late years of his high school career and was left with very few options to access higher education. His organizing and activism in the immigrant rights movement began in Maryland where he worked with other undocumented... Read More →
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Aarti Kohli

Deputy Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus
Aarti Kohli is the Deputy Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, where she oversees key issue areas including Immigration, Criminal Justice Reform, and Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education. She also helps guide the national policy work of the Advancing Justice affiliation. Formerly, she was the Director of Immigration Policy at the Warren Institute at the University of Cailfornia, Berkeley... Read More →
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Sarath Suong

Executive Director, Providence Youth Student Movement
Sarath Suong is a co-founder and Executive Director of Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM). Born in the Thai refugee camp Khao I Dang, Suong and his family fled Cambodia during the civil war and immigrated to his hometown of Revere, Massachusetts. He moved to Providence, Rhode Island in 1998 to attend Brown University, majoring in Ethnic Studies with a specific focus on Southeast Asian American immigration and resistance. To cope with the... Read More →
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'Alisi Tulua

Chief Operating Officer, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities
‘Alisi Tulua is the Chief Operating Offier for Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC), a non-profit organization in Los Angeles, California whose mission is to promote social justice engaging Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander communities through culturally relevant advocacy, research, and development. While working as a health program coordinator for the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance in 2009... Read More →