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Enactment of Hate Crimes Prevention Act a Victory for APAs and OCA
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Enactment of Hate Crimes Prevention Act a Victory for APAs and OCA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

28 October 2009

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Sarah Smith Nester | Communications Manager
202 223 5500 | ssnester@ocanational.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, OCA joined President Barack Obama at the White House to commemorate the enactment of the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act, an expansion of federal hate crime laws to protect victims of crimes who are targeted because of sexual orientation, gender identity and disability.

As a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), OCA has long-engaged members and affiliates to ensure that adequate hate crimes legislation is enacted at its stories of Vincent Chin and Joseph Ileto not forgotten.
 
"OCA has fought for over a decade to make our voices heard on the need to protect our communities from violence and hate,” said OCA National President Ken Lee. "We remember Vincent Chin, a Chinese American who was beaten to death because of prejudice toward APAs. With this new legislation, our hope is that hate crime offenders will be held accountable for their crimes, unlike in Vincent Chin’s murder.”
 
Over the years OCA has worked with our chapters and in coalition with other national organizations on hate crimes prevention, and established educational programs to teach people how to prevent and respond to hate crimes.
 
"The murder of Matthew Shepard and many other LGBTQ-identified people has been devastating for the community and it is time to end the violence,” said OCA National Secretary Sharon Wong, who attended the White House reception. "We are thrilled this bill has been finally enacted. We have worked on this for so long and we are proud to stand with our civil rights partners as we celebrate this victory.”
 
For more information on OCA hate crimes prevention, visit our Web site.

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