SEARAC is the only national civil rights organization devoted to uplifting Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese American communities.
As representatives of the largest refugee community ever resettled in the United States, SEARAC stands together with other refugee communities, communities of color, and social justice movements in pursuit of social equity. We envision a socially, politically, and economically just society for all communities to enjoy for all generations.
Strong Southeast Asian American individuals, families, and communities lie at the heart of SEARAC’s work. Our major strategies include policy advocacy, community building, and developing SEAA leaders for change.
We engage the community to coordinate, strategize, and mobilize for change. Our partners include individual community leaders, grassroots movements, and over 40 Southeast Asian American community-based organizations across the country.
Building Powerful Community Leaders and Advocates
We build powerful leaders who can advocate for their communities, deepening our community’s ability to take action for self-determination.
National and State Policy Advocacy
We uplift our community through powerful advocacy at the national and California state level. We speak out publicly, loudly and consistently for our community’s needs and assets.
We fight for justice and equity for Southeast Asian American communities.
Our advocacy campaigns are grounded in deep engagement with community-based organizations and individual advocates, and we work mindfully in solidarity with other communities of color and social justice movements. Our main areas of work at the national and California state level include: education, immigration, health, boys & men of color, and aging.
We believe the communities most impacted by the issues should be ones leading our work.
Our stories are our strength.
Southeast Asian American communities have shared histories and experiences that form the basis for SEARAC’s advocacy work. We center our community members’ stories of accessing healthcare and education, navigating the immigration system, caring for older adults and loved ones, and expressing our joy through food, music, art, and culture. It is through these stories that we make powerful, lasting change.