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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
Making Local and National Partnerships Work

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Federal policies on health, immigration and voting rights have been and continue to be major concerns for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. A rapidly growing population and increased voter engagement has helped increase the visibility of our community in these policy debates. Critical to continuing this trend is the existence of strong partnerships between local and national groups with a unified message. Panelists will share experiences with participating in such partnerships, highlighting best practices, challenges, and successful strategies that can be modified to communities of different sizes.

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Marita Etcubanez

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC
As Director of Strategic Initiatives for Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC, Marita Etcubanez manages varied projects, including supporting naturalization efforts in the D.C. metropolitan area and working with Community Partners to produce demographic reports on Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations. Etcubanez came to Advancing Justice - AAJC with more than 10 years of experience in legal services. She has... Read More →

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Saima Husain

Deputy Director, South Asian Network
Saima Husain has a B.S in Psychology and Sociology and a Ph.D. in Human Rights. She is currently the Deputy Director at South Asian Network, a grassroots, community-based organization dedicated to advancing the health, wellbeing and civil rights of South Asians in Southern California. As Deputy Director, Husain supervises staff and volunteers, secures grants and manages programs, and collaborates with agencies and faith-based and community... Read More →
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Christopher Kang

National Director, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)
Christopher Kang is National Director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), a coalition of 35 Asian Pacific American organizations. From 2009 to 2015, he served in the White House, rising to Deputy Counsel and Deputy Assistant to President Obama. He was in charge of the selection, vetting, and confirmation of judicial nominees and also advised on commutations and executive clemency. Kang led the legislative outreach for... Read More →
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Chi-mei Lin

Executive Director, Chinese Community Center
Chi-mei Lin has been the Executive Director of the Chinese Community Center in Houston for the past 15 years. CCC is the largest Asian-led social services agency in the southwestern United States, serving over 10,000 families a year with educational, cultural, and social services. In 2015, CCC achieved recognition and accreditation from the Board of Immigration Appeals. | Chi-mei actively engages in community work and is currently... Read More →
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DJ Yoon

Executive Director, National Korean American Service & Education Forum
Dae Joong "DJ" Yoon is the Executive Director of the National Korean American Service & Education Forum (NAKASEC). Since 1991, Yoon has been working to educate, organize and civically engage Korean Americans and Asian Americans on issues related to immigration reform and civil rights. Prior to NAKASEC, Yoon was the executive director of the Korean Resource Center in Los Angeles for over 11 years, and a founding board member for the Korean... Read More →