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Advocates Monthly: Are Chinese Americans Being Racially Profiled?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015   (0 Comments)
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OCA Concerned With Possible Pattern of Racial Profiling of Chinese Americans   

OCA Chief Executive Ken Lee appears with Congressman Ted Lieu, Congressman Mike Honda, Carl Hum from Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and Stan Tsai from Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association on Captiol Hill to call for a Department of Justice Investigation into the Sherry Chen Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates, in partnership with six Asian American advocacy groups, issued a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate a possible pattern of racial profiling against Chinese Americans in the wake of the Sherry Chen case. 

In October 2014, Sherry Chen was accused of espionage in her role as a hydrologist at the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio. After being handcuffed and escorted away in front of her coworkers, the Federal Bureau of Investigation dropped their charges due to a lack of evidence and it has been suggested that the primary reason for her arrest was her ethnicity. 



OCA Chapters Nationwide Recruit Volunteers for Tax-Aide Program - Volunteer Registration Ends Oct. 1st!

Across the country local OCA Chapters are recruiting for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, to help lay the ground work for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community to enjoy free tax services. Many thanks to OCA - Eastern Virginia, OCA - New Jersey, and OCA - Westchester Hudson Valley who are currently leading the pack in registrations!

Register now at or visit for more information!

Chapter Spotlight: OCA Long Island, New Jersey, New York, and Westchester & Hudson Valley Co-Host Picnic with Families with Children from China - New York

This annual picnic hosted by the four New York and New Jersey chapters is now entering its 15th year! Families with Children from China - New York is an organization that brings together families that have adopted children from China, so that these kids may learn about their native culture and understand what it means to be Chinese American.

Sign up for B3 in Washington, DC!

Good leaders create their own success, but great leaders help others succeed. Come out to OCA's free B3: Build, Breakthrough, Believe Leadership Summit this fall to find out how to transform your passion for the community into a career in helping others. Learn how to amplify your voice from influential Asian American leaders. Walk away with the motivation and skills to become an effective agent of change in your community.

Please find the program details below:

2015 OCA B3 Leadership Summit

Friday, October 16, 2015

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


U.S. Senate Visitor Center

Washington, DC 20510

Room 201-00

We have a great line up of workshops and speakers, so come support OCA and esteemed leaders in the AAPI community! If you have any questions, please contact Program Associate, Monica Lee at or 202-223-5500 ext. 114.

This B3 program is generously sponsored by AARP.

2015 OCA Corporate Achievement Awards Registration Now Open!


The Annual National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Awards are dedicated to celebrating and recognizing APAs in the corporate sector who exemplify not only excellence in their profession, but also leadership and commitment in their respective communities.


The OCA Corporate Achievement Awards will take place at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia on October 16, 2015. Register HERE now! 

Apply for thefor the State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB)! 

Applications are now available for new board members for the State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB). This is an incredible opportunity for a young person to grow as a leader, help out their communities, and network with a diverse group of 30 youth, ages 17-20, from across the U.S!

The YAB board is responsible for granting $4 million for service-learning projects that address pressing issues that have a direct impact on communities and $1 million for community initiated projects through State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program. As a member of the YAB, students will be provided an amazing personal developmental opportunity, as well as being able to make a long-lasting impact in communities they care about and provide solutions to today's pertinent issues.

Students can apply now by visiting The application deadline is Oct. 2, 2015 at 5 PM (CST).

Please also forward this information to any 17-20 year old that you think would be interested in becoming a board member.They can check out the YAB on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube!

With a passion for education and service, our youth can make a difference! Thank you for helping us spread the word.



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