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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 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Pushing Back on PEP-Comm: How Local Communities Are Responding to Newest Wave of Immigration Enforcement

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In November 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the creation of a new immigration enforcement program, the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP-Comm), the successor to the widely maligned Secure Communities (S-Comm). DHS promised that S-Comm would not repeat the opacity, civil rights violations, and mass deportations that were common under S-Comm. However, over a year later, little is known about PEP-Comm, but DHS has embarked on an aggressive campaign to get local law enforcement involved in the program. This panel explores how communities have taken action to push back on PEP-Comm and police-ICE entanglement in their localities.

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Saira Hussain

Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus
Saira Hussain is a staff attorney in the Criminal Justice Reform Program at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus. Her work focuses on disentangling federal immigration enforcement from local law enforcement through coalition-building, policy advocacy, and litigation. Hussain also tracks and addresses violations of the TRUST Act, a California law that prevents local law enforcement from detaining immigrants for extra time for... Read More →

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Emi MacLean

Staff Attorney, National Day Laborer Organizing Network
Emi MacLean is a staff attorney with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and an adjunct professor with the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of California, Irvine. She has previously worked as a legal officer with the Open Society Justice Initiative; a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights in the organization's Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative; and with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF... Read More →
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Nancy Nguyen

Organizer, 1Love Movement
Nancy Dung Nguyen is a 2nd generation Vietnamese organizer. Her practice circles around community building, organizing, creative and healing programming and campaign work that reveals to us the many ways we can strive towards a just world. She has been working with the Vietnamese community in Philadelphia and South Jersey, supporting the development of programming around civic engagement, youth organizing and health promotion in the Vietnamese... Read More →
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Fred Tsao

Senior Policy Counsel, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Fred Tsao is The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)'s senior policy counsel. In this position, he provides research and analysis of changes in immigration-related policies and procedures to ICIRR members and allies, and assists with the coalition's legislative advocacy efforts. He also provides technical support, trainings, and presentations on immigration-related topics to service providers, immigrant community... Read More →
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Sandy Valenciano

Northern Organizer, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance
Sandy Valenciano was born in Zacatecas, Mexico in 1993. She graduated from Antioch High School in 2011 and completed her B.A in psychology at Sonoma State University in Spring 2015. Being undocumented has challenged Valenciano in many ways, inspiring her to become a better person to serve the community. She believes in community education, to make sure that community members are engaged in the issues that directly affect them. Valenciano began... Read More →