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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
Litigation As a Tool for Community Engagement: Three Case Studies **

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This workshop explores the synergistic possibilities and potential conflicts between litigation and community engagement. Community engagement, broadly defined, includes a range of activity from community organizing to participation in civic life. The first case study examines how a law, the California Voting Rights Act, may spark broader community engagement. The second case study examines how organizers used litigation as one strategy in a successful workplace justice campaign. The third case study examines how litigation may be a catalyst for human trafficking victims to become more involved in community life.

 ** Advancing Justice - LA is a State Bar of California approved Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) provider. Pre-determined MCLE credits are being provided for this activity. Please note that 1.5 hours of MCLE credits are approved for California State Bar members only.

Moderators
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John Trang

Staff Attorney, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
John C. Trang is a Staff Attorney for Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles’s Impact Litigation Unit. He engages in direct legal services, community legal education, policy advocacy, and litigation. Trang also coordinates the organization’s advocacy on behalf of low-wage workers, with a focus on combating wage theft and labor trafficking. Trang received his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law... Read More →

Speakers
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Belinda Escobosa Helzer

Senior Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California
Belinda Escobosa Helzer is a Senior Staff Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. After law school, Belinda clerked on the New Mexico Supreme Court and then was the Immigrant Rights Attorney at Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She has been counsel in civil rights cases involving free speech, religious freedom, homelessness, voting, and police abuse, and she has extensive experience educating... Read More →
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Winifred (Winnie) Kao

Litigation Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus
Winifred Kao is Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus's Litigation Director. She also leads Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus's workers' rights program. Previously, Kao worked at a union-side labor and employment law firm where she primarily represented hotel and restaurant workers and unions in a wide variety of labor, employment, constitutional, and class-action cases. Kao was also a trial attorney for the... Read More →
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Louise Luis

Member, Migrante Los Angeles
Louise Luis is a survivor of labor-related human trafficking. Together with legal counsel Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles and the law firm of Latham and Watkins, Luis and ten other trafficked Filipino workers brought a lawsuit against their employer-traffickers alleging violations of human trafficking laws, racketeering based on visa fraud, national origin discrimination, numerous federal and state labor laws, fraudulent... Read More →
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Jonathan Paik

Campaign Manager, Korean Resource Center
Jonathan began organizing with the Korean Resource Center in January 2014, working on immigrant and voting rights campaigns in North Orange County, with a mission to build a local and progressive base of Asian American and Pacific Islander community members to advance progressive policy. Before working at the Korean Resource Center, he started his work in politics at the Bus Federation Civic Fund in Portland, Oregon, serving as the Operations... Read More →