OCA-GH UNVEILS FIRST EVER
ASIAN-AMERICAN PRO BONO LEGAL SERVICES DIRECTORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Contact: Angela L. Lee
Houston, TX — The Greater Houston
Chapter of OCA (OCA-GH), in partnership with the Asian American Legal Center of
Texas (AALC), will hold a press conference to announce the release of the Asian
American Pro Bono Legal Services Directory at 12PM on Friday, January 19, 2007
at Kim Son Restaurant (10603 Bellaire Boulevard). Lunch will be served.
The Asian American Pro Bono Legal
Services Directory is an unprecedented publication, providing information to
the Asian Pacific American (APA) community on where to seek low-cost assistance
for legal issues. The 50-page directory emphasizes legal services, but also
includes other community organizations geared to help members of the APA
community. The directory features descriptions of community services in
English, Chinese and Vietnamese. Each listing also indicates what languages are
spoken at each organization. This free directory will be distributed throughout
Houston at APA businesses and community service organizations. The directory
and other publications, such as the OCA/Allstate Hate Crimes Manual, may also
be obtained by contacting OCA-GH.
Deborah Y. Chen, President of
OCA-GH, said, "This directory is an important first for our community.
This is the first time a directory of legal service providers for low-income
Asian Americans, translated into Chinese and Vietnamese, has been published and
widely distributed. This document can be used by lawyers to refer clients as
well as by members of the community such as Hurricane Katrina evacuees,
thousands of whom are Asian American."
The directory is a product of the
first Asian American Pro Bono Summit, held on November 2, 2006 and organized by
OCA-GH and AALC. The summit was moderated by Texas Access to Justice
Commissioner Daniel David Hu. Summit participants included community leaders
and representatives of over 40 organizations serving the low-income APA
community. The summit and directory were supported by a grant from the Asian
American Bar Foundation, with additional funds for directory printing costs
from the McDonald’s Corporation.
For more information on OCA or the
legal services directory, please contact Angela L. Lee, OCA-GH Legal Advocate,
at (281) 822-0261 or firstname.lastname@example.org.