Righting Wrongs -- January 27, 2012

In this issue:

Bullying in the Asian American Community
imageThe tragic death of Pvt. Danny Chen has turned national attention to the epidemic of bullying in the Asian American community, a long-standing focus of AALDEF's Educational Equity Project. In Philadelphia, AALDEF is continuing outreach to victims of race-based bullying from the South Philadelphia High School incident and is advocating for increased language access in area schools for victims to report incidents. In Baltimore, program associate Mark Ro Beyersdorf will be speaking about combating bullying at an LGBTQ Youth of Color Town Hall at the Creating Change Conference. To read more about our fight to stop bullying, please click here.
Trafficking Awareness Month at AALDEF
imageJanuary is Trafficking Awareness month. Be sure to read Ivy Suriyopas' op-ed for Race Talk explaining the link between increasingly stringent state anti-immigration laws and the rise in trafficking and exploitative worker conditions. Meanwhile, our Anti-Trafficking Initiative continues to represent 500 Indian guest workers who were trafficked by Signal, and was granted a motion to intervene in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's complaint against Signal. More on the lawsuit here.
Happy Year of the Dragon!
imageCelebrate the Year of the Dragon with AALDEF at our annual Lunar New Year Gala, honoring the 2012 Justice in Action Award recipients Fareed Zakaria, Yale Law School professor Jean Koh Peters, and Parkin Lee of The Rockefeller Group. Our favorite Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi will be delivering a special message and the co-emcees for the evening are Juju Chang and Sree Sreenivasan. Ticket information is here. Also, be sure to enter our social media raffle -- you'll be automatically entered by Liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter -- and win some terrific prizes! For more information, click here.
AALDEF Opposes Harsh Sentencing for Juveniles
imageThe imposition of life without parole sentences for juvenile offenders is historically rooted in racial stereotyping, and that's why this severest of sentences continues to be disproportionately imposed on children of color today. AALDEF has joined the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, and others in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court opposing life without parole sentences for juveniles. Read more here.

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A special thank you to AALDEF's Young Professionals Committee for hosting an MLK Day Happy Hour in support of our Immigrants' Rights Project! Thank you to everyone who came out to support us!

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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