In this issue:
Justice in Action 2012: The Recap
Justice in Action 2012 was an amazing evening! Over 800 AALDEF supporters were treated to inspiring speeches by the 2012 award recipients, Fareed Zakaria of TIME and CNN, Yale Law School Professor Jean Koh Peters, and Parkin Lee of the Rockefeller Group, the hilarious satire of Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi (already making its way on to comedy blogs), and the energy of co-emcees Sree Sreenivasan and ABC's Juju Chang. We can't thank our sponsors and guests enough! For highlights, pictures, and videos, click here or check our updates on Facebook. And don't forget: our Social Media Raffle is open for a few days more! Win prizes just by following us on Twitter or liking us on Facebook!
Latest News in NYPD Surveillance of Muslims
From the latest AP reports: the NYPD has been secretly conducting surveillance of more than a dozen Sh'ia mosques and community centers throughout the Northeast. AALDEF is calling for independent oversight of the NYPD and asking New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to investigate its activities. It's time to put an end to racial and religious profiling! Learn more here.
Join AALDEF at the UN Anti-Trafficking Panel
On March 6, in honor of Women's History Month, Ivy Suriyopas of AALDEF's Anti-Trafficking Initiative will speak on the New York Anti-Trafficking Network's panel "Women's Economic Opportunity: A Solution for Trafficking in Persons" at the 56th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Please join us as we discuss legal remedies and opportunities for reinvesting in women. For event details, click here.
Federal Court Takes Up NY Redistricting Challenge
In December, AALDEF, together with pro bono counsel Kaye Scholer LLP, filed a Complaint-In-Intervention in Favors v. Cuomo on behalf of Asian American voters, seeking fair representation in light of the community's growth in the last decade. After NY's delays in releasing its Congressional redistricting proposal, a federal judge ruled this week that a special master should be appointed to redraw the lines in time for the 2012 primary. Read more about our case here.
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Founded in 1974, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.
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