OCA Supports Passage of Rep. Chu’s Crucial Anti-Hazing Bill
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Posted by: Nick Lee
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
26 April 2016
CONTACT: Nick Lee | Communications Associate
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates supports the passage of Congresswoman Judy Chu’s crucial anti-hazing bill to address hazing in the military.
Today, Congresswoman Judy Chu introduced the Harry Lew Military Hazing Accountability and Prevention Act, legislation that would help combat hazing and bullying in the military. In conjunction with Congresswoman Chu, OCA - New York, and members of the coalition against hazing in the military, OCA National has worked closely with the Department of Defense to address the hazing that caused the deaths of Private Danny Chen and Lance Corporal Harry Lew in 2011.
“Though the memo released by the Department of Defense was a positive step forward by including mandatory training and inclusion of data collection categories like race and sex, the memo did not go far enough and left out important data categories such as religion and national origin. This legislation would provide that these problems are met and that there are adequate training and reporting structures in place to ensure that the Department of Defense implements these policies, so the lives of servicemembers like Danny Chen and Harry Lew are not lost needlessly,” said Ken Lee, OCA Chief Executive Officer.
“We look forward to promoting the Harry Lew Military Hazing Accountability and Prevention Act on Capitol Hill and working with Congresswoman Chu and our many partners around the country to ensure that this legislation or legislation with the same effect is enshrined in law and made permanent. We must guarantee the well-being, morale, and safety of our military men and women in their units so that each servicemember can best perform their duty of keeping our country safe,” concluded Lee.
OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs).