Sandra Ung, Former AABANY Treasurer, Runs for City Council on Platform of Unity for the Flushing Community

Former AABANY Treasurer and longtime community advocate Sandra Ung has announced her candidacy for New York City Council for the upcoming 2021 election. Sandra, who has dedicated her life to serving the Queens community, hopes to use her extensive experience in and passion for law and public service to best support and represent the Flushing community.

Growing up, Sandra always knew she wanted to be a lawyer. “I’ve always believed that it’s important to advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves,” she said in a recent interview. Sandra, who is ethnically Chinese, fled Cambodia during the genocide and immigrated to the United States when she was just seven years old. Soon after, she moved to Flushing, where she has called home ever since. But growing up as an immigrant presented many challenges.

“It’s not easy when you come to a country where you don’t know the language and have to start over,” she said. “But I quickly realized that we were not the only family on this path.” With this passion for community justice in mind, Sandra attended New York City public schools until graduating from Hunter College and then going to Columbia Law School to get her J.D. in 2001. She then worked at a law firm, where she learned detail-oriented writing and organizational skills that allowed her to really understand how to be a professional.

She then worked for Sanctuary For Families, a New York non-profit focused on helping victims of domestic violence and related forms of gender violence. Domestic violence is not regularly or openly talked about in the Asian American community, and survivors often find it difficult to talk to counselors and attorneys, especially when they look nothing like them. When working with organizations like Sanctuary for Families and the Korean American Family Service Center, Sandra saw her Asian American clients slowly open up to her, and she realized how important it is to have a support system that truly understands you and, therefore, your needs.

Now, one of Sandra’s platforms is to provide greater assistance for domestic violence victims. The pandemic has revealed what people in the field already know: domestic violence is a real, pressing issue in every community, and it is not addressed well enough. Therefore, true domestic violence advocacy requires not only highlighting and funding service providers, but also providing ways for survivors of domestic violence to physically move-out, with better housing solutions, and become financially independent from their abusers.

Sandra has worked for the New York State Assembly as a Special Assistant to the NYS Commissioner on Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; a Legislative Assistant to former New York City Comptrollers Bill Thompson and John Liu; and Chief of Staff to former New York State Assemblyman Jimmy Meng. Currently, she is the Special Assistant to Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Queens), leading the congresswoman’s re-election campaigns and running Grace’s At the Table PAC, a political action committee dedicated to expanding women and minority representation in politics. As the eyes and ears on the ground while the congresswoman is in D.C., Sandra is proud to represent the immigrant community and support them through the same challenges she faced growing up. She especially enjoys running free workshops that teach public speaking and career-based skills to young women who lack access to this knowledge, like she did when she was also growing up in an immigrant family. “We really understand that if you want to have a seat at the table, you need the basic skill set to get you to that table in the first place,” she said.

While serving as AABANY’s Treasurer, Sandra felt empowered by the inclusivity that AABANY created for its community. Due to the breadth and diversity of its members and leaders, AABANY showed Sandra the importance of having strong representation of Asian Americans in leading legal, public interest, and government positions, where they will truly advocate for the communities they serve.

Therefore, after over a decade working for New York state and years of working on other people’s campaigns, Sandra feels ready to tackle and win her own. “The recent national and local elections have shown that we are more divided than ever,” she said. “So, in campaigning, it is especially important to me to set a positive tone.” She hopes to focus on creating unity within the Flushing community, building a broad coalition as strong as their neighborhood.

Now more than ever, Sandra looks up to her mother, who was born in Cambodia and forced to leave her family during the genocide. While working in a laundromat all her life, Sandra’s mother taught her about perseverance and hard work; her parents continue to inspire her to give back to the country that gave them everything they have.

“The people around me have given me the courage to try and do this,” she said. “I believe in my community, I believe in myself, and I believe that I will be the best person for this job.”

To learn more about Sandra’s campaign and find out how you can get involved, please visit sandrafornewyork.com

To hear more about the campaign from Sandra herself, please watch the video below.

To follow Sandra’s campaign on social media, please visit their Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages.

This member profile has been published for informational purposes only and does not constitute and should not be construed as a campaign endorsement.

Asian/Immigrant Mental Wellness Workshop, June 10, Doors Open at 9am!

Last Chance to Register! Free Admission – Pre-Registration Required – Free Refreshments.

Register HERE.
Or go to: https://samaritansnyc.ejoinme.org/QueensJune10

Asian/Immigrant
Mental Wellness Workshop
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Queens Library at Flushing
41-17 Main Street, Flushing Queens, NY 11355
Lower Level Auditorium

9:00 am: Doors open.  Entry is not permitted before this time.
9:00 – 9:30 am: Registration & Free Continental Breakfast
9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Program Presentation/Panel Discussion
12:30 – 1:00 pm Free Refreshments/Networking

Hamilton Madison House, Samaritans Suicide Prevention Center and the Problem Gambling Prevention Coalition invite you to attend a free Asian/Immigrant Mental Wellness Workshop at the Queens Flushing Library, Wednesday, June 10, 2015.  

Join us for this open discussion with mental health professionals as we address the unspoken problem of suicide and mental wellness in the Asian and Immigrant community.  

Please share this opportunity with your colleagues.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

Social workers, guidance counselors, psychologists, substance abuse and addiction counselors, home health workers and other family and community health providers working within the Asian/Immigrant community as well as others those who provide care, support and/or treatment to members of that community.

OUR UNSPOKEN PROBLEM:

Our Unspoken Problem touches the lives of many members of the Asian and Immigrant community.  Cultural stigmatization of mental health problems and insufficient access to culturally competent services result in the needless suffering of friends and family.

  • The Asian/Immigrant Community has among the highest suicide rates in the country.
  • Asians are consistently identified as having the highest risk for problem gambling.
  • The NYC High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey (CDC) showed an increase in male and female Asian students who “seriously considered suicide” in the past 12 months.
  • Asian American Women (ages 65-84) consistently have the highest suicide rate relative to other racial demographics.
  • Untreated mental health problems like depression and addiction can lead to death, domestic violence, financial ruin, family disintegration, long-term hospitalization and incarceration-impacting both the individuals, families and their community.

WORKSHOP GOALS:

  • Join us at the Asian/Immigrant Mental Wellness Workshop and take part in an open discussion with mental health professionals as we address this Unspoken Problem and the mental wellness of our community.
  • Confront the critical problems impacting our community: addiction, problem gambling, parenting/grandparenting challenges, and mental health treatment for the Korean Community.

Learn about where and how to access mental wellness support for friends, family, and yourself! Engage in conversation about how to recognize signs of mental health problems in your colleagues, friends, and family.

WORKSHOP PRESENTERS:

  • Alan Ross, Addressing the Unspoken Problem
  • Peter Yee, Problem Gambling in the Asian community
  • Erica Vien,  Parenting Challenges for Asian immigrants
  • Inok Kim, Wellness Challenges for Korean Americans
  • Ginette Wong, Addictive Behaviors in the Asian community

This free workshop is a community collaboration of the Samaritans of New York, Hamilton Madison House and the Problem Gambling Prevention Coalition with funding provided by New York City Council Members Elizabeth Crowley, Peter Koo, Paul Vallone, Mark Weprin, Ruben Wills, and the Neuberger Berman Foundation, in association with the Queens Library at Flushing.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 

Contact: Yang Chen, Executive Director, (718) 228-7206

ASIAN AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK HELPS IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES AS DEFERRED ACTION GUIDELINES ARE RENEWED

NEW YORK – June 17, 2014 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) is proud to announce that along with the MinKwon Center and the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York (“KALAGNY”), we will be working to provide Asian American communities with free legal assistance in compliance with the renewed guidelines and application forms for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”).

Since 2012, DACA has provided temporary protection from deportation and temporary employment authorization for undocumented individuals who came to the United States before their 16th birthday, have continuously resided in the United States, and have met specific educational requirements. While not providing a direct path to citizenship, DACA provides temporary protection and allows these individuals to apply for a Social Security card. This protection expires in two years if not renewed.

Under new regulations and guidelines released on June 4th of this year, Form I-821d allows undocumented individuals to file a renewal application 150 days before their current DACA protection expires with an application fee of $465 to the Department of Homeland Security. AABANY encourages all applicants of DACA and DACA renewals to have their case reviewed by an immigration attorney or an attorney trained to provide DACA assistance. Our partnership with MinKwon Center and KALAGNY will allow DACA Renewal Clinics to begin immediately. Individuals requiring assistance should contact MinKwon Center directly at (718) 460-5600.

“AABANY is proud to be partnering with MinKwon on this important initiative,” says Executive Director Yang Chen. “Supporting our communities using our legal skills and knowledge is a vital part of what AABANY does. Working together with MinKwon and KALAGNY, AABANY will help to recruit lawyers and law students to assist those in our immigrant communities seeking work authorization and relief from deportation under DACA.”

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For more information, please contact Yang Chen, AABANY Executive Director, at (718) 228-7206, or direct any inquiries to main@aabany.org.

The Asian American Bar Association of New York is a professional membership organization of attorneys concerned with issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community.  Incorporated in 1989, AABANY seeks not only to encourage the professional growth of its members but also to advocate for the Asian Pacific American community as a whole.  AABANY is the New York regional affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).

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This Land is Your Land, Too: Working Together for Immigrant New Yorkers

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The inaugural conference of the New York Immigrant Assistance Consortium

June 9th, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
 
Hosted by New York Law School
New York, New York
 
Sponsored by NYIC, ONA, DYCD, AILA-NY

Don’t miss our special plenary, moderated by NY1’s Pat Kiernan

Lunch Plenary: Where are we today? City, State, and Federal Perspectives.       

Panelists:

New York Secretary Of State Cesar Perales
NYC Commissioner for Immigrant Affairs Nisha Agarwal
US Executive Office for Immigration Review Director Juan Osuna
             USCIS NY District Director Phyllis Coven     
         

                              Click here to register.                        

Other panels include:

Anti-Immigration Fraud Efforts & Capacity
Moderated by: JoJo Annobil of the Legal Aid Society

Outreach and Organizing with Community Partners
Moderated by:Marika Dias of Make the Road New York
 
Ethical Challenges of Direct Services and Representation
Moderated by: C. Mario Russell of Catholic Charities of New York
 
Innovations in Outreach and Service Delivery through Technology
Moderated by: Mark O’Brien of ProBono Net
 
Communications, Media, Branding
Moderated by: Laz Benitez of the New York State Office for New Americans
 
Coordination of Pro Bono and Volunteer Efforts
Moderated by: Miriam Buhl of Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP
 
National Perspectives on Legalization Planning and Implementation
Moderated by: Matthew Burnett of the Immigration Advocates Network
 
Private and Public Funding Partnerships
Moderated by: Christopher O’Malley of the IOLA Fund
 
Strategic Partnerships with Traditional and Non-Traditional Partners
Moderated by: Betsy Plum of the New York Immigration Coalition

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The purpose of this one-day conference is to advance the capacity of immigrant assistance provider organizations in New York that serve clients in an efficient, effective and coordinated manner. The conference will bring members of the Immigration community together to share their best practices and learn from current and prior experiences in immigration assistance efforts like DACA, as well as other mass assistance efforts like those following Hurricane Sandy and 9/11.

The registration fee of $55 covers admission to the conference. Admission includes a light breakfast, lunch, and an invitation to a cocktail reception following the final panel.

Please note that CLE credits will be provided.

 

New York Immigrant Assistance Consortium: “This Land is Your Land, Too: Working Together for Immigrant New Yorkers”

Please save the date for the inaugural conference of the New York Immigrant Assistance Consortium:

“This Land is Your Land, Too: Working Together for Immigrant New Yorkers”

June 9th, 2014
 
Hosted by New York Law School
New York, New York
 
In partnership with the New York Immigration Coalition and the New York State Office for New Americans
 
Featuring panels on:
 
Anti-Immigration Fraud Efforts & Capacity
Moderated by: JoJo Annobil of the Legal Aid Society
 
Outreach and Organizing with Community Partners
Moderated by:Marika Dias of Make the Road New York
 
Ethical Challenges of Direct Services and Representation
Moderated by: C. Mario Russell of Catholic Charities of New York
 
Innovations in Outreach and Service Delivery through Technology
Moderated by: Mark O’Brien of ProBono Net
 
Communications, Media, Branding
Moderated by: Laz Benitez of the New York State Office for New Americans
 
Coordination of Pro Bono and Volunteer Efforts
Moderated by: Miriam Buhl of Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP
 
National Legalization Efforts
Moderated by: Matthew Burnett of the Immigrant Advocates Network
 
Private and Public Funding Partnerships
Moderated by:  Christopher O’Malley of the IOLA Fund
 
Strategic Partnerships with Traditional and Non-Traditional Partners
Moderated by: Betsy Plum of the New York Immigration Coalition

Registration opened on Friday, April 11th, 2014

Chinese Progressive Association Presents: Shared Stories Youth Program

Chinese Progressive Association
shared stories
Shared Stories Youth Program

March 24 to May 11
Sundays, 10:30 am to 1:30pm

Are you a high school or college student age 15-21? Do you want to:

  • Learn about our shared immigrant history?

  • Make our community’s voices heard?

  • Get involved in projects for social change?

Join CPA Shared Stories!
Learn new leadership skills, get involved, have fun.

Applications now open!

Please apply by March 12.  Download application here and send to cpanyc@cpanyc.org
OR fill in application on-line

For more information: 212-274-1891 or cpanyc@cpanyc.org
Print flyer
Print application

From Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s Office: Labor Rights Forum

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On behalf of the Office of the Attorney General we would like to invite you to a Labor Rights Forum on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6:30PM. The Attorney General and his Labor Bureau Chief Terri Gerstein will be joined by a panel of Labor Rights experts to discuss important issues impacting our community including: Minimum Wage, Overtime, Laws Related To Tipped Workers, New Laws, and Immigrant Workers. The event will take place at Gregorio Luperón High School—501 W. 165th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Upper Manhattan.

To confirm your attendance or for more information, please email Lilliam.Perez@AG.NY.GOV or call 212-416-8754

We need your help to ensure the community forum’s success so please circulate the attached flyers and encourage your friends, family and anyone interested to attend.

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