What's New

May 31
AB 1726, the AHEAD Act, has passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and will be voted on by the full Assembly as early as June 1. We need as many community members as possible to make calls, send emails, and make visits by June 1 to let your Assemblymember know that you demand better data to bring visibility to the diverse needs and assets of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Find your Assemblymember here.
May 20
SEARAC's Leadership and Advocacy Training (LAT) has trained almost 1,000 Southeast Asian American leaders since 1998 to share the challenges that our Cambodian, Hmong, Lao, Vietnamese, and other refugee communities face, and to advocate for our own policy solutions. During the month of May, these passionate LAT alums and staff are fundraising to make sure we can continue to bring emerging leaders to Washington, DC, and state capitols every year and train them to agitate for change. Please consider donating today by May 31 to one of their campaigns to #payitforward and invest in our community's power and visibility.
May 18

We are excited to announce the release of our 2015 Annual Report highlighting our impact last year in the areas of education equity, immigrant justice, health access, boys and men of color, and building a leadership pipeline. In 2015 we also joined together with communities in Washington, DC, Minneapolis, MN, and San Jose, CA, to commemorate our community's 40 years as Southeast Asian Americans with our 40 & Forward: Southeast Asian Americans Rooted & Rising campaign.

May 13

Washington, DC - Last week, SEARAC Operations Manager and community advocate Lundy Khoy received an official Governor's Pardon from Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. The pardon recognizes Lundy's "commitment to good citizenship" in the fifteen years since her conviction and her fierce advocacy for humane immigration laws. The "simple pardon" does not erase her criminal record, but it may help her reopen her immigration case and eventually cancel her deportation order. 

Apr 29

Washington, DC -  Today, Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ-7) introduced H. Res. 708, expressing Congressional support for comprehensive immigration reform that would remove unnecessary barriers to legal immigration and repeal 20-year-old laws that have criminalized millions of immigrants. The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) joins the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), 31 original Congressional co-sponsors, and 85 supporting organizations to applaud Rep. Grijalva's leadership in standing up against unjust policies that have disproportionately impacted immigrant and refugee communities for so long.

Apr 19

Washington, DC -- Asians Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) Beyond Bars, a coalition of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations, community leaders, and directly impacted individuals, joins 39 organizations in an effort to improve the lives of incarcerated and formerly-incarcerated people.