SOURCE: Asian American Journalists Association

June 29, 2011 18:55 ET

Asian American Center for Advancing Justice to Present Panel on the Battle Over Immigrant Rights at Asian American Journalists National Convention

Panel Is Open to the Public

DETROIT, MI--(Marketwire - Jun 29, 2011) - The Asian American Center for Advancing Justice will present a public panel on "Fighting to Protect Immigrant Rights: The impact of anti-immigrant measures on Asian Americans" at the Asian American Journalists Association national convention in Detroit, Michigan on Aug. 11, 2011.

Moderated by Rachanee Srisavasdi, communications director for the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, the panel will include Karen K. Narasaki, president and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center; James Ho, partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and former Solicitor General and Niraj Warikoo, religion reporter for the Detroit Free Press who has recently covered racial profiling in the Detroit area by federal immigration authorities. Both the Asian American Justice Center and Asian Pacific American Legal Center are members of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice.

Panelists will address the as yet uncovered story of the impact of anti-immigration initiatives on the Asian American community across the nation, including Arizona's SB 1070 law and similar copycat legislation, racial profiling, attacks against the 14th Amendment's constitutional guarantee of citizenship, and measures pending in Congress like mandatory e-verify legislation. They will also talk about Asian Americans and the role of immigration politics in the upcoming 2012 election.

The event is free and open to the public, and will take place on at 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at the Skyline Room, Level 2, in the COBO Center, 1 Washington Blvd. in Detroit.
For more information about the panel, click here:

http://www.aaja.org/programs/convention2011detroit/panels/

The Asian American Center for Advancing Justice (www.advancingjustice.org) is comprised of the Asian American Justice Center in Washington, DC (www.advancingequality.org), the Asian American Institute in Chicago (www.aaichicago.org), the Asian Law Caucus (www.asianlawcaucus.org) in San Francisco and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (www.apalc.org) in Los Angeles. The mission of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice is to promote a fair and equitable society for all by working for civil and human rights and empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities.