For Immediate Release: Date: April 15, 2021
Contact: Priya Purandare, Executive Director
NAPABA is proud to join the newly established Alliance for Asian American Justice (“The Alliance”) as part of a coalition of leading AAPI advocacy organizations, Fortune 1000 General Counsel, and over 40 law firms in a national initiative designed to ensure that victims of anti-Asian crime, hatred, and bigotry are able to access pro bono legal services. The work of The Alliance leverages NAPABA’s existing intake efforts on hate crimes and hate incident reporting, and bolsters NAPABA’s leadership in providing victims, community based organizations, and community leaders with the information they need, in the language they understand, through its groundbreaking collection of hate crimes reporting toolkits, which were developed in partnership with the APIA Health Forum and translated into 24 different AAPI languages, the largest collection of its kind. For more on The Alliance, please click here.
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) represents the interests of approximately 50,000 legal professionals and nearly 90 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. NAPABA is a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.
By Nick Loh
The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) just concluded a virtual phone clinic to assist Mandarin and Cantonese speaking tenants in applying for the NYS Homes and Community Renewal’s (HCR) COVID Rent Relief Extension Program. This HCR program allowed NYS renters to seek a one-time rental subsidy for the months of April – July 2020. The program originally opened for submission in late July 2020, extended to August 8, 2020, and then re-opened the application process on December 18, 2020 until February 1, 2021. We assisted 83 callers in total: 87.5% of those callers had limited English proficiency, with most callers speaking Cantonese (41.1%) and Mandarin (46.4%). We handled this call volume with a dedicated team of 24 volunteers.
In response to the program’s second extension, AABANY organized a coalition to get bilingual information and resources out to the community. Articles ran in ethnic newspapers during the weekend of January 17, 2021, announcing our COVID Rent Relief Project 2.0. The goal of the project remote clinic was (1) to provide information to callers on how to apply, (2) if necessary, to have the volunteer and caller contact HCR’s Call Center together to reach an interpreter, and/or (3) to have the volunteer act as the interpreter. No legal advice or legal representation was provided.
At a time of increasing isolation due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and in the face of language access barriers for Mandarin and Cantonese speaking NYC residents, the AABANY Virtual Phone Clinic provided a welcome opportunity to build relationships in the community and provide assistance.
AABANY would like to thank William Lee, Vice Chair of the Student Outreach Committee; May Wong, Remote Clinic Coordinator, and the Organizers of the COVID Response Law Student Team (Nicholas Loh, Xinyi Shen, and Olympia Moy). We thank the 16 law school volunteers (representing 8 different law schools) and 5 community members who made calls, waited on hold to speak to HCR, and provided this valuable assistance to the community.
AABANY would like to thank our community leaders who partnered with us in making this clinic a possibility. They include:
- AABANY’s Pro Bono and Community Services Committee – Co-chairs – Asako Aiba, Judy Lee, Karen Lin, and Karen Kithan Yau; Remote Clinic Coordinator – May Wong
- AABANY’s Vice Chair of the Student Outreach Committee – William Lee
- Roxy Chang, Community Organizer of Asian American For Equality
- Lizzie Lee, Community Liaison from NYS Senator Brian Kavanagh’s office
- Damaris Reyes, Executive Director, GOLES, Inc.
- Jacky Wong, Chinatown Community Land Trust
Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA) Presents Gen 根
440 STUDIOS: 440 Lafayette Street, New York, NY
Conceived & Directed by Wan Zhao
“Where are your roots? Here are ours.”
Performance inspired by Stories of Asian Americans.
Thursday June 12, 8PM
Friday June 13, 8:00PM
Saturday June 14, 2:00PM & 8:00PM
Sunday June 15, 2014, 2:00PM
“I have never seen this combination of theater, dance, acting, and photography.”
– Bob Lee, May 4th, 2014
Action Council, the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families’ young professionals support group, cordially invites you to a night of fun for a greater cause.
COMEDY SHOW LINE UP
- MC for this show: Ramzi Bautista, host of Redrum Comedy
- Sachi Ezura, MTV Comedy Showcase, the New York Comedy Festival, Laughter in the Park, and producer of MTV’s Girl Code
- Joel Kim Booster, writer for the critically acclaimed live news magazine, “The Paper Machete” in Chicago
- Sheng Wang, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Comedy Central, and the John Oliver NY Stand Up Show
- Subhah Agarwal, the New York Comedy Festival, Women in Comedy Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival
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All proceeds benefit the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), the nation’s only pan-Asian children’s advocacy organization.
Save the Date
Annual Immigrants’ Day of Action in Albany
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
There is too much at stake for us not to stand united!
Pass the New York State DREAM Act
Provide access to driver’s licenses for all New Yorkers
Increase funding for immigrant services across New York State
To RSVP for the Immigrants’ Day of Action in Albany,
email Juan Ramirez at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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