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In this issue:
A Safe Space for Undocumented Asian Youth
Asian DREAM Act-eligible students (DREAMers) in New York and New Jersey have joined forces with AALDEF to launch a group that will serve as a safe space for undocumented Asian youth. By connecting, the youth will share their stories and find a voice amid the culture of silence, and AALDEF will provide guidance on the issues they face, from struggling to pay for higher education to concerns about deportation. Read a message from two of our youth members...
Tackling Voter Suppression Laws
The wave of voter suppression laws has left Asian Americans and other voters of color confused about their rights. In response, AALDEF is conducting a series of free legal trainings for community leaders on voting rights and election laws in multiple cities. Knowledge is power! Continue reading...
AALDEF's Ivy Suriyopas Honored By NYC Bar
We're delighted to announce that AALDEF Anti-Trafficking Initiative attorney Ivy Suriyopas will receive the New York City Bar Association's 23rd Annual Legal Services Award on June 13. This award gives "recognition to attorneys and non-attorneys who provide outstanding civil legal assistance to New York's poor." Congratulations to Ivy for her inspiring work in representing trafficked and exploited women and youth workers.
Why We Should Support School Diversity
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on affirmative action in Fisher v. Texas, and AALDEF will be filing an amicus brief urging the court to uphold the policy. Asian American civil rights groups across the country are standing in solidarity on the benefits of diversity for the Asian American community. Read our joint statement and check Emil Guillermo's latest post on the AALDEF blog, "Are Asian Americans the new Jews?"
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Thank you to all who attended AALDEF YPC's screening of the Harry Belafonte film "Sing Your Song." It was such a special evening!
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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Photo accompanying "A Safe Space for Undocumented Asian Youth" from the AAPI Undocumented Youth Convening organized by NAKASEC in December 2011in Alabama. During the Convening, youth joined a march against Alabama's anti-immigrant law HB56. (http://nakasec.org/blog/2797)