Righting Wrongs -- August 24, 2012

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Popular NY Koreatown Spot Exploited Workers
imageFor Asian American and Latino waiters and bussers at the popular Manhattan and Queens restaurant Kum Gang San, work was a cycle of abuse. The restaurant's owner overworked them, underpaid them, forced some to attend church and shovel snow off his driveway, and threatened any who would stand up to him. Ten of these workers bravely took a stand. AALDEF has joined forces with LatinoJustice to represent them. Continue reading...

Legal Victory for Filipina Trafficking Survivor in RI
imageFilipina domestic worker Ms. Ballesteros was confined to the home of a UAE naval officer in East Greenwich, RI, forced to work 119 hours per week without a day off, and forbidden from speaking to anyone outside the house. She was able to escape and seek legal help from AALDEF's Anti-Trafficking Initiative. After the naval officer failed to appear in court, a judge has ruled in her favor. Continue reading...
AAPIs Stand Up for Affirmative Action
imageOn August 13, the U.S. Supreme Court was flooded with amicus briefs from organizations supporting the use of race-conscious admissions at UT-Austin. AALDEF's brief was among them to represent the interests of AAPIs across the country. Our brief, signed by numerous AAPI organizations, educators and students, challenges the myth that race-conscious admissions hurt us, and provides the real data on how much these policies help our community. Continue reading...
Spotlight on Asian Americans and Redistricting
imageAsian American communities in New York City have been disenfranchised for the last decade because of district lines that dilute the power of their vote. Now that NYC Council redistricting is underway, AALDEF is putting Asian American interests literally on the map. This past week we testified at hearings in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, calling for communities of interest to be kept together. Continue reading...

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