Righting Wrongs - January 6, 2012

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UAE Embassy Couple Indicted for Trafficking
imageAALDEF is representing an Indonesian woman who, along with her daughter, was forced by a former UAE Embassy worker and her husband to work as domestic workers in their Virginia residence, without breaks and for less than minimum wage, subject to threats of arrest, imprisonment, and deportation. Both women were forced to engage in sexual conduct. The couple was charged in a 17-count indictment by a federal grand jury. To read more, please click here.
Redistricting Disputes Across the Nation
imageThis Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Texas redistricting case. AALDEF and pro bono counsel Kaye Scholer filed an amicus brief contending that the state legislature's redistricting plan weakened the voting strength of Asian Americans. Read more here. In New York, AALDEF and Kaye Scholer filed a complaint on behalf of four Asian American voters asking for an independent entity to draw new district lines in time for the 2012 primaries. Read more here.
In Memoriam: Gordon Hirabayashi (1918 - 2012)
imageGordon Hirabayashi, who fought the U.S. government's incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, passed away on Jan. 2 at the age of 93. Hirabayashi was imprisoned for defying a curfew law imposed on Japanese Americans and took his case to the Supreme Court. Forty years later, his wartime conviction was vacated. He said: "There was a time when I felt that the Constitution failed me. But...the U.S. government admitted it made a mistake. A country that can do that is a strong country." AALDEF presented Hirabayashi with its Justice in Action Award in 1992 and has created the Hirabayashi Social Justice Fellowship to carry on his legacy of activism.
Happy Hour for AALDEF's Immigrants' Rights Project
imageAALDEF's Young Professionals Committee is holding a MLK Happy Hour to benefit our Immigrants' Rights Project on Wednesday, January 18, 6-9 pm, at Keats Bar in New York City. Staff Attorney Nermeen Arastu will give a special presentation on AALDEF's latest work in immigrants' rights and post-9/11 civil liberties. Show your support by joining us for drink specials and appetizers! Event details are here.

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SAVE THE DATE! AALDEF's 2012 Justice in Action Awards and Lunar New Year Gala, honoring Fareed Zakaria, Jean Koh Peters, and Parkin Lee, is on Feb. 8, 2012. Please click here for ticket information.
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