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Part of OCA's greater mission is to promote civic & leadership education, foster cultural heritage, and advocate for social justice issues and ideals in the community and in government. Copies of the 2008-2009 APIA ProBono Legal Resource Guide (translated into Chinese and Vietnamese) and the 2008-2009 Community Resource Guide, projects of the OCA-GH Advocacy Center, will be distributed to attendees.

10/11/2008
When: 10/11/2008
8:00 AM
Where: 11110 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, International Trade Center  77036
Contact: Debbie Chen
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OCA GH Advocacy & Legal Issues Conference Day Schedule 
Saturday, October 11, 2008 (as of printing)


8 a.m.Registration
Continental Breakfast


9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.Opening Plenary
Speakers: George Wu, OCA National Deputy Director
Glenn Magpantay, AALDEF Staff Attorney
Rogene Gee Calvert, Mayors Office


9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.Election 2008: The Asian American Vote &
Poll Monitoring Training
Speakers: Glenn Magpantay, AALDEF Staff Attorney


11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.Break


11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.Human Trafficking (Workshop A)
Speakers:An Phong Nguyen, Boat People SOS Staff Attorney
Constance Rossiter, Dir. of the Trafficked Persons Assistance Program at YMCA of Greater Houston, International Services


Labor Rights Awareness after Hurricane Ike (Workshop B)
Speaker:Representative, DOL Wage & Hour Division


12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Opening Remarks & Recognitions
Javier Chacon, Deputy Director, EEOC
2008 Outstanding APA Employee Awardees:
Ms. Sushma Bhan of Shell Oil Company
Thanh X. Nguyen of Houston Fire Department


Keynote by Daphne Kwok, Interim ED APIA with Disabilities of CA
2008 Outstanding Achievement Awardee


TX Launch of A Portrait of Chinese Americans
Speaker: George Wu, OCA National Deputy Director
(Complimentary Lunch served)


1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.Break


2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Immigration & Other Policy Issues Facing the APIA Community
Speaker: George Wu, OCA National Deputy Director


3:00 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.Break


3:10 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.Negative Stereotyping & Hate Crimes Awareness
Speakers: Prof. Mark Steiner, South TX College of Law
Pei-Un Yee, OCA National Hate Crimes Awareness Program Coordinator
Sponsored by: Allstate Foundation


4:20 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.Closing Remarks


4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.Free Screenings of Who Killed Vincent Chin? & 
Vincent Who?
(opening event for 4th Annual Houston APIA Film Festival)
Sponsored by: Allstate Foundation


7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.Free Community Dinner Reception & Discussion with Directors:
Christine Choy of Who Killed Vincent Chin? &
Curtis Chin of Vincent Who?
Sponsored by: Allstate Foundation


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Workshop Descriptions & Conference Highlights:


Part of OCA's greater mission is to promote civic & leadership education, foster cultural heritage, and advocate for social justice issues and ideals in the community and in government. Copies of the 2008-2009 APIA ProBono Legal Resource Guide (translated into Chinese and Vietnamese) and the 2008-2009 Community Resource Guide, projects of the OCA-GH Advocacy Center, will be distributed to attendees.


Election 2008: The Asian American Vote


Asian Americans are a growing segment of the electorate. Although more Asian Americans are voting, candidates as well as the news media have overlooked the Asian American vote.  In addition, like other minority voters in Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004, Asian Americans have had to overcome a series of obstacles to exercise their right to vote.  A number of recent lawsuits filed under the Voting Rights Act and United States Constitution seek to protect Asian American voters.  This presentation will survey Asian American political opinions, discuss the Voting Rights Acts requirement for language assistance, and explore ways that local activists can defend against anti-Asian voter disenfranchisement.  


Poll Monitoring Training


In past elections, Asian Americans have faced a series of barriers in exercising their right to vote.  For example, poll workers were hostile and made racist remarks, poll sites had too few interpreters to assist Asian American voters, translated voting materials were missing or hidden from voters, and ballots were mistranslated. Then when the news media reports on election returns and the vote by specific groups, Asian Americans were often overlooked.  


In response, OCA Greater Houston in partnership with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund will conduct a non-partisan survey of Asian American voters to document Asian American voting patterns and will monitor poll sites for compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act, which mandates bilingual ballots and forbids anti-Asian voter discrimination.  


Volunteers who want to help protect the Asian American vote during November 4, 2008 Election should come to this essential training.  Trainers will go over common problems and how to monitor poll sites and help voters who encounter problems.  


Human Trafficking


Human Trafficking, commonly referred to as Modern Day Slavery, is a multi-billion dollar industry and a major human rights concern. Victims are subjected to force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor.  Traffickers target people who are most vulnerable such as women and children, and people facing poverty, illiteracy, and economic crises. According the U.S. government estimates, hundreds of thousands of victims are trafficked across international borders, and tens of thousands of those victims are being trafficked into the United States annually. This presentation will provide an overview of human trafficking, identify resources available to victims and their families, discuss human rights violations, tackle issues and challenges in identifying victims, and explore ways to combat modern day slavery.  




Texas Launch of A Portrait of Chinese Americans


 A Portrait of Chinese Americans is the most comprehensive report of its kind and the first in a series of reports on the diversity of the Asian Pacific Islander American Community. This is a joint publication project in partnership with the University of Maryland Asian American Studies Program and OCA National. Copies of the preview reports will be distributed to participants.


Hate Crimes


 The Asian Pacific American (APA) community is home to 50 ethnic groups and 100 language communities. Unified largely by name, APAs fall within the full range of the spectrum on education, income, English proficiency, immigration history, and civic understanding. The model minority myth that the media often uses to characterize the APA community overlooks the distinct challenges that this community faces due to its diverse elements. Consequently, the problem of hate crimes within the APA community also is often overlooked; APAs are, in fact, the fastest-growing targets of hate crimes and hate incidents. 


In this presentation, Professor Mark E. Steiner will explore the rise of the APA model minority stereotype in pop culture and the consequent rise in hate crimes against APAs. He will also discuss how to recognize a hate crime or hate incident and how these issues are defined by law. Pei-Un Yee from OCA National will address what to do if you are the victim of a hate crime and how hate crimes can be prevented. Free copies of OCA's Responding to Hate Crimes: A Community Action Guide will be distributed. This seminar and the Hate Crimes Manual made possible with support from the Allstate Foundation.


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