Hurricane Harvey Relief | Resources for Attorneys

“The real test of legal aid’s capacity will come after the rain stops.”

The Atlantic

Dear NAPABA Members,

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by the terrible storms and flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. While we are stunned by the images and stories coming out of the region, we are inspired by the compassion and sense of community on display.

NAPABA and our Texas affiliates, the Austin Asian American Bar Association, the Asian American Bar Association of Houston, and the Dallas Asian American Bar Association; the South Asian Bar Association of Houston; and the Louisiana Asian Pacific American Bar Association are working with community leaders to assist with the recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. We recognize that this is a time for the legal community to step up and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our colleagues and communities in the region during the long recovery ahead.

To assist attorneys and community members find resources and information for the Asian Pacific American community, we have established Hurricane Harvey disaster relief toolkit to direct you to information and opportunities to engage with legal services organizations.

We encourage you to direct all requests for assistance to the Texas legal aid organizations via the Texas state disaster relief helpline: 1-800-504-7030.

The State Bar of Texas has established a database for volunteer attorneys who wish to provide services to victims. By special order of the Texas Supreme Court, out-of-state attorneys may practice in Texas if they are volunteering to serve hurricane victims, subject to conditions such as working through a legal aid program. Due to the situation on the ground, out-of-state attorneys are encouraged to sign up to receive information before attempting to travel to the Houston-area. Attorneys in Houston are encouraged to sign-up to volunteer through Houston Volunteer Lawyers.

We expect that there will be a need for bilingual attorneys in many languages, particularly those who speak the following Asian languages: Cambodian, Chinese (multiple dialects needed), Gujarati, Hindi, Hmong, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Vietnamese, and others. We also expect there will be a significant need for volunteers with knowledge of federal benefits, claims, immigration, and/or insurance law.

Due to the nature of the disaster, these communities will need sustained help that last months and years. It is our hope that communities across the region receive the legal assistance they will need and that Asian Pacific American attorneys join those in service. We will continue to monitor the situation and work with local legal organizations to provide you with opportunities to assist the community.

The Hurricane Harvey disaster relief toolkit will be continuously updated with additional resources and projects. If you have additional resources to share, please email Navdeep Singh, policy director, at [email protected].

Sincerely,

Cyndie Chang
NAPABA President

FALANY Announces #PINOYRELIEF BENEFIT CONCERT

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The Pinoy Relief Fund, Live Nation and Alvarez & Marsal have announced that they will host a Pinoy Relief Benefit Concert on March 11, 2014, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.  Doors open at 6:30 P.M., and the concert starts at 7:30 P.M.  Tickets to the event are on sale now through Ticketmaster at http://www.ticketmaster.com/Pinoy-Relief-Benefit-Concert-tickets/artist/1960921.

The all-star event will feature performances by Jennifer Hudson, Pentatonix, Plain White T’s, A Great Big World, Jessica Sanchez, DJ Poet Name Life, and Charice, as well as special guest participation by Dr. Mehmet Oz, apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas, Dante Basco and EGOT award winning songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

FALANY members are trying to order tickets to sit together.  Please let Vincent Roldan ([email protected]) or Noel Vales ([email protected]) know if you are interested in joining.  Also, just prior to the event, FALANY will be meeting for a casual happy hour with Rudy Figueroa, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Mitsui Rail Capital, LLC and President of the National Filipino American Lawyers Association (NFALA), who will be visiting from Chicago.  The location and time is TBD so please look out for further updates on this.

For more information, please contact Vincent Roldan [email protected] or Noel Vales [email protected].

FAM (FILIPINO AMERICAN MUSEUM) TO LAUNCH ITS THIRD TYPHOON HAIYAN RELIEF FUNDRAISER

Reception and Exhibition: January 10, 2014, 6-9 pm at
Eleven Rivington, 195 Chrystie St., New York City

(New York, NY – December 20, 2013) FAM (Filipino American Museum) is pleased to present the third installment in a series of fundraisers for Typhoon Haiyan relief. Beginning on January 1, 2014, a benefit art auction organized by FAM and hosted on Paddle8 will launch, featuring works donated by over 30 artists. The auction will close on January 11 at 6 pm EST.

As relief efforts following the typhoon enter a second month, FAM continues to rally support for much-needed long-term recovery plans in the affected areas of the Philippines. The beneficiary of the auction will be the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), a global organization committed to short-term and long-term planning and relief for women and children affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The WRC is working to identify the most effective ways to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan reclaim their livelihoods and establish stable lives in the aftermath of the disaster. FAM supports WRC’s hands-on approach and long-range strategy and looks forward to working with this committed and inspiring organization. 

The organizing committee, brought together by FAM, is comprised of Filipino Americans in the arts: gallerist Augusto Arbizo; artists Avena Gallagher, Josh Kline, Paul Pfeiffer, Carissa Rodriguez and Jon Santos; and photographer Christelle de Castro.  

FAM is thankful to the diverse group of emerging and established American and international artists who swiftly responded to the benefit committee’s call to action by donating their artworks to support the survivors of the devastating typhoon. The artist list (in formation) includes: Becca Albee, Ei Arakawa, Anthony Castro, Paul Chan, Matt Connors, TM Davy, Michael DeLucia, Cheryl Donegan, Anne Eastman, Keltie Ferris, Nik Gambaroff, Josh Kline, Ajay Kurian, Margaret Lee, Jason Loebs, Michelle Lopez, Charles Mayton, Nick Mauss, Jessica Mein, Ken Okiishi, Virginia Overton, Andre Razo, Athena Robles, Carissa Rodriguez, Miljohn Ruperto, Jon Santos, Leanne Shapton, Mika Tajima, Grace Villamil, Amy Yao, Anicka Yi, Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho, Tobias Madison & Emanuel Rosetti.

FAM’s first benefit for Typhoon Haiyan relief, ‘Bayanihan Spirit’, took place at the Galapagos Art Space in November. It raised $11,000 for National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON). The second benefit, an online holiday shop featuring items from today’s leading designers, is an ongoing campaign and will benefit LIFESAVER systems fund for the Philippines.

About Women’s Refugee Commission
The Women’s Refugee Commission has conducted extensive research on the positive long-term impacts of supporting livelihood activities in emergencies. Getting people back on their feet and linked to regular income is one of the most urgently needed and effective strategies towards lasting recovery. At the same time, having access to a safe livelihood reduces vulnerabilities and the risk of sexual violence and exploitation of women and older girls in particular.

With your donations, the Women’s Refugee Commission will focus on restoring livelihoods in a heavily damaged area of Samar. These activities will be centered on artisans whose production of woven and embroidered goods is purchased by a small company. Assistance to resume production would support the livelihood of 500+ families, help the local economy rebound and reduce the vulnerabilities and risks of trafficking, sexual violence and exploitation of hundreds of women and young girls.  

About FAM
FAM (Filipino American Museum) is the first museum focused on examining the connection between contemporary Filipino American arts and the roots and traditions of the Philippine diaspora. A startup committed to presenting cultural programs in stimulating and unprecedented ways, FAM is dedicated to seeking out what it is to be Filipino in America. In the spirit of a diverse people, FAM’s roving programs serve as a fluid, user-generated, inquiry-based space. An untold American story, FAM presents its findings through live performances, exhibits, installations, community forums, online content and otherwise.

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From FAM: Mayong Paskua Holiday Shop to Benefit Lifesaver and Typhoon Haiyan Relief

FAM LAUNCHES HOLIDAY SHOP TO BENEFIT LIFESAVER.

FAM (FILIPINO AMERICAN MUSEUM) ORGANIZES AN ONLINE HOLIDAY SHOP TO BENEFIT LIFESAVER AND TYPHOON HAIYAN RELIEF
 
LAUNCHES DECEMBER 12th at 12AM
 
(New York, NY December 11, 2013)  FAM (Filipino American Museum) presents the second in a series of fundraisers for Typhoon Haiyan relief: an online holiday shop with all proceeds to go to LIFESAVER®. 

This follows a successful inaugural benefit that took place on November 21st called ‘Bayanihan Spirit’ which raised $11,000 for National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON). The online store (visit shop.filipinoamericanmuseum.com) launches on December 12th at 12:00am and closes on December 23rd at 11:59pm.
 
The designers and brands are donating to the typhoon relief cause by offering items on FAM’s shop at 20% off retail. The contents of the shop were edited and organized by Mary Ping and Avena Gallagher. The full list of designers and brands are as follows:
 

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A DETACHER
A MOI
ARIELLE DE PINTO
BRYANBOY/ADRIENNE LANDAU
CHRISHABANA
CLYDE ACCESSORIES
CONFETTI SYSTEM
CONVERSE
CORRELL CORRELL
CREATURES OF COMFORT
DESI SANTIAGO
ECKHAUS LATTA
ELECTRIC FEATHERS
FAUX/REAL
GERLAN JEANS
HBA
HOOD BY AIR
ISSEY MIYAKE
MARYAM NASSIR ZADEH
NILI LOTAN
NOVA PERFUME
OLIVER PEOPLES SUNGLASSES
OPENING CEREMONY
PAUL SMITH
QUARRY JEWELRY
RACHEL COMEY
SALVOR PROJECTS
SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE
STELLA MCCARTNEY SUNGLASSES
TAVI GEVINSON/ROOKIE MAGAZINE
TELFAR
TESS GIBERSON
THE JULIE RUIN
TOM SCOTT
UNITED BAMBOO
V FILES
VPL
Y-3
ZALDY
 

Comprising over 30 designers and brands, the items range in price from $20 to $825. Highlights include "Pony" Leather Shorts by A Detacher, and a Split Tail Mohair Cardigan by Tess Giberson. Also available will be a selection of autographed merchandise from The Julie Ruin (Kathleen Hanna, Kathi Wilcox, Sara Landeau, Kenny Mellman, and Carmine Covelli) as well as signed copies of Rookie Magazine by Tavi
Gevison
 
Items will be eligible for delivery by Christmas day; orders within New York State must be made by December 23rd for next day delivery, orders out of New York State will need to be made by December 20th for delivery by December 25th.
 
The proceeds will benefit LIFESAVER , a company founded after the wake of the December 2004 Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The lack of safe drinking water inspired the founder Michael Pritchard to invent the company’s first product, the LIFESAVER bottle. Around the world, LIFESAVER systems have helped hundreds of thousands of people produce safe sterile drinking water. Responding to an appeal from Oxfam and Save the Children, LIFESAVER has already shipped an initial 3,500 jerrycans to the Philippines as part of the Department for International Development’s Rapid Response Facility. These jerrycans are capable of providing 70 million liters of clean water to those in desperate need. FAM’s contribution will enable more vital LIFESAVER equipment to be sent out to the Philippines and save thousands more lives currently at risk.
 
About FAM
FAM (Filipino American Museum) is the first museum focused on examining the connection between contemporary Filipino American arts and the roots and traditions of the Philippine diaspora. A startup committed to presenting cultural programs in stimulating and unprecedented ways, FAM is dedicated to seeking out what it is to be Filipino in America. In the spirit of a diverse people, FAM’s roving programs serve as a fluid, user-generated, inquiry-based space. An untold American story, FAM presents its findings through live performances, exhibits, installations, community forums, online content and otherwise.
 
Website filipinoamericanmuseum.com
Email [email protected]
Facebook facebook.com/filipinoamericanmuseum
Twitter @famnewyorkcity
Instagram @famnewyorkcity
 
Media Inquiries
 
Nancy Bulalacao
917-472-9936/ [email protected]

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NAPABA DONATES $10,000 TO TYPHOON HAIYAN RELIEF EFFORTS

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

1612 K Street NW, Suite 1400 
Washington, DC 20006


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
November 20, 2013

Contact: Emily Chatterjee 
(202) 775-9555

NAPABA DONATES $10,000 TO TYPHOON HAIYAN RELIEF EFFORTS 
Supports Immigration Relief for Filipinos Based in the United States

WASHINGTON — The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) today announced that it has committed $10,000 to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in support of the IRC’s emergency relief efforts in the Philippines. NAPABA also announced its support for temporary immigration-related relief for individuals from the Philippines who are currently in the U.S.

“NAPABA is committed to supporting the victims of the Typhoon Haiyan catastrophe. We will be donating $10,000 to support the IRC, which is currently focused on clean water, health care, and other urgent needs in the Philippines,” said William J. Simonitsch, president of NAPABA. “Almost a million people have been displaced internally, and the rebuilding efforts will be ongoing for years to come. We encourage all those who are able to do so to make a charitable donation to the IRC or to other groups working on the ground.”

In addition to the list of aid agencies recommended in NAPABA’s statement in support of victims of Typhoon Haiyan on Monday, which may be found here, potential donors may want to consider Save the Children and the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON).

Tina Matsuoka, executive director of NAPABA, stated, “We recognize that, in addition to financial support, victims and their families need other assistance, which is why NAPABA has endorsed Temporary Protected Status for the Philippines. With TPS, Filipinos in the U.S. can be protected from deportation and are eligible to work, enabling them to continue to send remittances back home, thereby helping their families rebuild their lives.”

Under §244(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) would allow nationals from the Philippines residing in the U.S. to receive a temporary, humanitarian form of relief from deportation, and make them eligible to obtain work authorization. The Department of Homeland Security designated Haiti for TPS in similar circumstances after a massive earthquake in 2010. Today, NAPABA joined the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and others in a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Beers, and formally requested that the Philippines be designated for TPS will all due haste.

About the International Rescue Committee:

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. When an emergency arises, the IRC arrives on the scene within 72 hours with urgently needed supplies and expertise that protect people caught in the midst of chaos. We commit to stay as long as we are needed, helping survivors to heal, recover and rebuild their communities to be stronger, more stable and more democratic.

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From our Friends at FALAFNY – Report on Typhoon Yolanda: How You Can Help the Victims in the Philippines

As many of you know, the Philippines was recently devastated by what the many have referred to as “the perfect storm,” a “super typhoon,” and “one of the strongest cyclones ever recorded.”
 
It has been a little over a week since Typhoon Haiyan (or Typhoon Yolanda, as it is known in the Philippines) made landfall in the Philippines, and yet the needs of the victims in its path have not abated.  Many remain without shelter, food, water, or medication. According to CNN, as of November 15:

  • more than 3,000 are dead
  • 9 million are affected, 4 million of whom are children
  • 2.5 million are in need of food despite 40 tons of food packs having been distributed
  • $300 million in immediate relief is needed.

The Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York (FALANY), along with the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) and the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey (APALA/NJ), encourage you to consider helping relief efforts in any way you feel appropriate.

See upcoming fundraising events here.
See locations for donation drop-offs here.

Please keep in mind that due to the magnitude of the devastation and the limited manpower available on the ground, financial contributions to aid agencies are most welcome, rather than donations of consumer goods.
 
If you wish to make a financial donation, we suggest the following organizations for your consideration, both of which have 501©(3) status:

  • University of the Philippines Medical Alumni Society in America (“UPMASA”). UPMASA is a non-profit organization comprised of medical professionals who graduated from the University of the Philippines.  They are accepting donations until December 11 to support their medical mission to the worst affected areas in the Philippines.  The funds will be used to provide acute and prophylactic care to those most in need.  Donations may be made through their website: www.upmasanational.org.
  • Gawad Kalinga (“GK”) is a non-profit organization founded in the Philippines.  It has been at the forefront of ongoing relief efforts. GK is collecting donations to assemble food packs. One food pack costs $5 and will feed a family of four for 3-4 days.  The organization is also collecting donations for the infrastructure rehabilitation and rebuilding of the affected areas.  Donations can be made through their website: www.gk-usa.org/donate. Checks may also be mailed to Gawad Kalinga USA, 13860 Stowe Drive, Poway, CA 92064, Memo: Typhoon Haiyan.

Also attached to this email is a list of upcoming fundraising events in the area and a list of drop off locations for donations in kind (canned goods, blankets, clothing).
 
We encourage you to inquire with your employers regarding donation-matching programs.  The following companies have established such programs:

  • Allstate (dollar-for-dollar match for donations made through Dec. 6; a 15% match will be available thereafter)
  • McGuireWoods (dollar-for-dollar match of donations made to the Red Cross by its employees up to $50,000)
  • Sprint (dollar-for-dollar match of donations made by its employees and retirees up to $25,000)
  • Verizon (dollar-for dollar match of donations made by its lawyers and staff up to $25,000)

We thank you for the time you have taken to read this message and for any help you might be able to give.  Should you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact FALANY at: [email protected].

NAPABA Supports Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

As many of you know, the devastating super typhoon Haiyan ravaged the central Philippines last Friday.  As rescue workers have struggled to reach survivors, news of the immense damage and loss of life is gradually coming to light. As of this morning, death tolls are estimated to exceed 10,000 people, over 630,000 were forced from their homes, and more than 9.5 million have been affected.  The relief effort by aid agencies is just getting underway, and they must contend with the complicated logistics of getting people and aid out to the affected areas.  This will be extremely difficult because of the extreme disruption to ports and airports, and the inaccessibility of roads.

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association expresses its condolences and extends its prayers to the victims of this disaster, and to the families of those who may have been affected.  NAPABA encourages you to support relief efforts in any way you feel appropriate.  But please note that when disasters like this occur, the victims are helped most by financial contributions to aid agencies, rather than donations of consumer goods.

If you want to make a donation, but are unsure of which aid agency you wish to support, NAPABA, together with the National Filipino American Lawyers Association, suggest the following:

Best Regards,

William J. Simonitsch 
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)