In this issue:
AALDEF and the White House Take on Bullying of AAPI Students
Asian American and Muslim American students are far more likely to be bullied than any other racial minority, and three times more likely to be cyber-bullied than white students, according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Education. AALDEF staff attorney Thomas Mariadason joined Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perez and other advocates in a day-long Bullying Prevention Summit to educate students, parents, and school officials on the right to be protected from bias-based harassment. To read more, please click here.
Eleven States Will Now Provide Asian American Voters with Bilingual Ballots
In October, the Census Bureau announced that under Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act, bilingual ballots and language assistance must be provided to Asian American voters in 11 states, covering 22 cities and counties, and in six Asian languages. Now for the first time, South Asian languages will be covered in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City (Queens), and Hamtramck, Michigan. Chinese and Filipino ballots will be provided in four more districts each, Vietnamese in three more districts, and Korean in one more district. AALDEF will be monitoring these new poll sites for compliance and documenting any language barriers that voters still face. To read more, please click here.
NYC Pressured to Fix Failing English Language Learner Programs
English language learners have long faced serious educational disadvantages in New York City. After years of advocacy by AALDEF and other civil rights organizations, the NY State Department of Education is finally stepping in. Under a new "corrective action plan," New York City must add 125 new bilingual education programs, improve language assessment and parent outreach, and prioritize English instruction in certain Asian immigrant districts. AALDEF is working to ensure that NYC adheres to this landmark intervention. To read more, please click here.
AALDEF Urges the NYPD to Follow Victim-Centered Anti-Trafficking Procedures
Fighting trafficking is not just about ending demand; long-term solutions require a victim-centered approach. AALDEF's Anti-Trafficking Initiative staff attorney Ivy Suriyopas testified before the New York City Council as part of a hearing on law enforcement's anti-trafficking efforts. Our recommendations for the NYPD included providing education and equal opportunities to vulnerable populations and cooperating with the Department of Labor, particularly in labor trafficking cases. To read our testimony, please click here.
Our Sneak Peek of the Broadway Play Chinglish!
Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang debuted his new Broadway comedy Chinglish in October. At a special post-performance Q&A for AALDEF supporters, Hwang regaled us with the quirks of doing business abroad that inspired the play - and his tough task of finding Chinese-English bilingual actors. We'd like to extend a huge thanks to the cast of Chinglish and our attendees for supporting AALDEF and the arts!
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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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