Righting Wrongs -- March 6, 2013

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Justice in Action 2013: The Recap
imageJustice in Action 2013 was an unforgettable evening! Over 700 AALDEF supporters were treated to inspiring speeches by the 2013 award recipients, Congressman John Lewis, Jose Antonio Vargas of Define American, and Simone Wu of Choice Hotels International, Inc., as well as presenters David Henry Hwang, Rep. Grace Meng, and Gordon Smith, and the energy of co-emcees Sree Sreenivasan and ABC's Juju Chang. Thank you so much to our sponsors and guests for attending! Click here for highlights, pictures, and videos, or check our updates on Facebook. Best wishes in the Year of the Snake!

AALDEF at the SCOTUS Rally for Voting Rights
imageOn February 27, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Voting Rights Act case Shelby County v. Holder. AALDEF staff attorney Jerry Vattamala was the first Asian American to speak at the rally held by civil rights groups on the steps of the Supreme Court. He said, "The fight for voting rights is a struggle for human rights. Section 5 is used in the South and throughout all covered jurisdictions by Asian Americans and people of all races in order to vote equally as their fellow citizens." Why is the Voting Rights Act so important for Asian Americans? Continue reading...
VAWA Passes in the House!
imageIt's been a long road to reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPRA). Last week, the head of AALDEF's Anti-Trafficking Initiative Ivy Suriyopas headed to the Capitol to meet with members of the House of Representatives to advocate for passage of both laws. Last Thursday, VAWA and the TVPRA passed by a vote of 286-138. Next stop is the President's desk!
Undocumented Youth Bring Tuition Equity to NJ
imageLast week, members of AALDEF's undocumented youth group RAISE were there as all nine New Jersey City Council members voted for tuition equity, calling for in-state tuition and financial aid for NJ DREAMers. DREAMers and organizers joined in a unity clap to celebrate the unanimous passage!

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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