Close to 200 Cambodian and Vietnamese community members have been rounded up
and detained for deportation in the months of October and November, following escalating pressure from the Trump Administration to deport refugees. The Cambodian and Vietnamese consulates recently conducted interviews to determine who would be issued travel documents for removal. Several of the Vietnamese community members detained came to the U.S. as refugees before 1995, and had been previously protected from deportation under a 2008 agreement between the U.S. and Vietnam. The status of this agreement remains uncertain.
California officials speak out
Several high-profile local, state, and federal public officials from the California have issued statements
condemning these detentions. Call your Members of Congress
today to ask that they stand in solidarity with the Southeast Asian American community by issuing similar statements targeting the White House and DHS. Also consider signing the following petitions supporting Cambodian
SEARAC advocacy form and rapid response check list
If you or someone you know is impacted by these recent detentions, consider filling out SEARAC’s advocacy data collection form
so we can help direct you to resources. Sharing your story will also support the movement to change policies that push refugees and immigrants with criminal records into mandatory detention and deportation. If you are interested in advocating around your case, check out SEARAC’s recent webinar
on tools, tips, and resources for impacted families as well as our new rapid response check list
Enroll for health care by December 15
You can enroll or renew your health coverage through the Affordable Care Act from now until December 15. You will be able to renew your health insurance for 2018, or you can enroll if you do not already have coverage through your job, Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, or another type of health coverage. The majority of states are on the federal exchange and use HealthCare.gov
. Individuals in these states must sign up by December 15 to obtain health care coverage.
Sign up today!
SEARAC protects major civil rights department
In October, SEARAC and our civil rights partners successfully pushed the US Department of Education not to eliminate its Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) department. The CRDC collects data on civil rights indicators related to access and barriers to educational opportunity from early childhood through grade 12. The department uses this data to investigate allegations of civil rights violations, and provides guidance for schools to protect civil rights.
Many advocates feared that the Trump administration would end this data collection, which would have hampered investigations of civil rights violations and lead to a lack of civil rights enforcement. This fear generated an outpouring of public comments. SEARAC advocated
for the continued use and collection of such data to ensure our students’ civil rights are protected. The database can be found here: https://ocrdata.ed.gov
The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) honored the SEARAC team on November 2 as part of their second annual awards fundraiser: Still Fierce, Still Fighting – Celebrating a Legacy of Activism
. NAPAWF also honored NAPAWF founding sister Helen Zia
and president of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (and former SEARAC staff), Monica Thammarath
SEARAC was honored for its work to stop deportations and advance the rights of immigrants and refugees, especially as the national supporter of the ReleaseMN8 campaign. Executive Director Quyen Dinh accepted the award on behalf of SEARAC, and dedicated it to three “women warriors”: Jenny Srey, lead organizer of the ReleaseMN8 campaign, and SEARAC immigration and communications staff, Katrina Dizon Mariategue and Mari Quenemoen.
Soros Equality Fellowship
The Open Society Foundations (OSF) seeks applicants for its Soros Equality Fellowship
, which aims to support emerging mid-career professionals who will become long-term innovative leaders impacting the racial justice field. The Fellowship award provides individuals with a grant of $100,000 to support production of an innovative racial justice project over the course of 18 months. Apply by December 20.