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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
Organizing in the New South: Challenges and Opportunities for Immigrant Rights

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This workshop aims to be an interactive space where groups leading immigration battles in the Southeast will lead discussions about unique issues for Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in the South, the history of structural racism, and the potential for creating systemic change. 

Beginning with a brief look into the history of AAPI immigration to the Southeast, we will provide a short demographic presentation about the growing impact of the AAPI community across the country with a focus specifically on the explosive growth in the region. Our panelists will share their strategies, challenges and successes in organizing AAPIs including undocumented students, refugees, youth, and Southeast Asian communities.

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Stephanie Cho

Interim Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta
Stephanie Cho is the Interim Executive Director for Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta. She brings over 15 years of experience in labor and community organizing, strategy planning, and fundraising at the local and national level. Cho has been a community organizer, program director for LGBTQ youth programming, director of training for a national fellowship program, a labor organizer, and an organizational consultant. Before coming to... Read More →

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Monica Bourommavong

Citizenship Outreach/Youth Special Projects Coordi, Southeast Asian Coalition
Monica Bourommavong is a first generation Laotian American, born and raised in North Carolina. She is the Citizenship Outreach Coordinator at the Southeast Asian Coalition (SEAC) under the AmeriCorps ACCESS Program, and helps community members overcome barriers that prevent them from becoming United States citizens. Monica is also Youth Special Projects Coordinator, organizing program areas at SEAC that promote youth leadership, as well as... Read More →
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John Miyasato

President, Crossroads Campaigns Solutions
John Miyasato founded Crossroads Campaigns in 2007, bringing over 22 years of experience in field, communications, technology, and strategic planning. He has applied his unique skills to both electoral and non-profit campaigns in over 30 states working with a wide array of campaigns, national issue advocacy organizations, and local ballot initiatives. Miyasato also has experience working with non-partisan organizations. He was the managing... Read More →
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Raymond Partolan

Program Coordinator, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta
​Raymond Partolan is the Program Coordinator for Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta. In his role, he plans and executes the organization's major program components, namely civic engagement, public policy advocacy, and community organizing. Having faced adversity for the greater part of his life as an undocumented student who moved to the United States from the Philippines when he was one, he brings with him a wealth of experience... Read More →