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Elizabeth R. OuYang, OCA - New York

Elizabeth R. OuYang is president of OCA-New York chapter. Under her leadership, OCA-NY led the fight for justice for Private Danny Chen, a 19 year old American soldier who died in Afghanistan after being racially taunted and hazed by his superiors and secured a governor’s pardon for Qing Wu, a lawful permanent resident facing removal from the U.S. because of an old and minor teenage criminal record. Her article, "Can Military Courts Deliver Justice to A Subordinate Hazed by Superiors?”was recently published in the Spring 2013 issue of the Asian American Policy Review Journal, a publication of Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Ms. OuYang supervises OCA-NY’s Hate Crimes Prevention Art Project, now in its 7th year. Ms. OuYang teaches a comparative constitutional course at New York University’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis and Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, where she also teaches a course, "Post 9-11 Immigration Policies Impact on Immigrant Communities.” In 2000, Ms. OuYang was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as special assistant to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Ms. OuYang received the 2010 "Ambassador Award” from Mayor Michael Bloomberg for her leadership on behalf of Asian Americans in New York City and "Outstanding Teaching Award” from New York University. Ms. OuYang has been a civil rights attorney for the past 26 years. Her areas of expertise include combatting hate crimes, voting rights, media accountability, and immigration.

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