Policy and Advocacy

In our Advocacy and Policy work, SEARAC seeks to identify the common views of diverse Southeast Asian American populations, to raise the voice of Southeast Asian American groups, and strengthen their participation in the shaping of policy. We play a leading role in policy debates in Washington, DC on issues that deeply impact Southeast Asian American communities, and our areas of focus include:

Each year, the SEARAC policy team reviews SEARAC's current policy priorities, and, after consulting with locally based community organizations and leaders across the country, identifies issues that will have significant impact on Southeast Asian Americans in the upcoming year. These issues are then incorporated into SEARAC's policy priorities which serve as a guide for SEARAC's policy work throughout the next year. Because approximately half the Southeast Asian American population in the United States resides in California, SEARAC also identifies California state specific policy priorities each year.

Read the 2013 SEARAC National Policy Priorities here.

Read the 2013 SEARAC California Policy Priorities here.

We carry out much of our policy work through leadership in coalitions such as Refugee Council USA, the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, the Campaign for High School Equity, the Diverse Elders Coalition and the Hmong Health Collaborative. SEARAC monitors and disseminates information on programs, policies, and legislation of interest to Southeast Asian Americans in these and other policy areas. SEARAC's policy work is informed through on-going consultation with local community-based partners.