NEWS ROUNDUP
April 2018 - In This Issue:
ANNOUNCEMENT

A look back, a look ahead, and a new look      

We are pleased to sh are our 
2017 Annual Report , w hich reflects on a year spent fighting hard to protect our community's rights to family, to be seen, and to heal. We fought for family unity in the face of unprecedented mass roundups of deportations, for lifesaving health care under repeated attack, and for data to reveal the invisible challenges our Southeast Asian American students encounter. We capped the year by bringing together more than 150 allies from 22 states in our first-ever national equity summit, created to inspire, connect, heal, and strengthen in the spirit of the civil rights movement.



















As we review the lessons learned from last year, we also look forward to an exciting new chapter in SEARAC's story with the launch of our redesigned  website . We invite you to read more about our national and state policy advocacy work , our commitment to leveraging collective power , and the experiences of our community members in their own words . Be sure to check out our  Resource Hub , filled with information about the issues impacting our children, our elders, and everyone in between.
 
Finally, SEARAC is proud to debut its enhanced logo, which honors SEARAC's roots as we rise to meet the new challenges and opportunities of today with strength, boldness, and hope.



"Together, we will continue to strengthen and expand the civil rights movement and realize our collective dream of a beautiful multiracial, multi-ethnic America."
-SEARAC Executive Director Quyen Dinh

IMMIGRATION

Cambodian deportations and detentions
This month, the Southeast Asian American community saw the biggest group of Cambodians deported in one flight, followed by another  detention roundup in the Cambodian community just a week after. SEARAC, together with partners from Asian Americans Advancing Justice and VietLead, filed a joint  Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with ICE to request data around the Trump administration's increased enforcement activities targeting the Southeast Asian American community. If you or a loved one are impacted by current detention and deportation efforts, read SEARAC's community alert for resources.
 
New immigration resources
SEARAC is excited to share the following new resources to support community education, advocacy, messaging, and communications around immigration issues. Please read and share:

EDUCATION


SAVE partners convene
Local community partners Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA), Stone Soup Fresno (SSF), Alliance for Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education (ARISE), and the Southeast Asian American Education (SEAeD) Coalition gathered together in DC for a strategy and community convening as part of SEARAC's  Southeast Asian American Action & Visibility in Education (SAVE) coalition. SEARAC established the SAVE coalition to increase community education, mobilization, and advocacy among schools, school districts, and state policymakers to ensure that Southeast Asian American student needs are considered and addressed. Our partners will lead the local work in advocating for data disaggregation, as well as addressing the multiple challenges our students face in school: language barriers, insufficient support for parent engagement, and socio-economic obstacles, among other issues that prevent students from accessing and completing higher education.
 
Additionally, SEARAC recently joined roughly 50 other national civil rights organizations to announce our civil rights priorities for higher education policies. This announcement comes as Congress considers re-authorizing the Higher Education Act, currently re-named as the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform ( PROSPER) Act. 

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT


Challenging  Vietnamese detentions
In February, partners at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles filed a lawsuit to challenge the illegal detention of Vietnamese refugees who came into the country prior to 1995. This lawsuit follows an unprecedented roundup in the Vietnamese community that began in the spring of 2017. Although a current agreement between the United States and Vietnam states that refugees who came into the country prior to 1995 should not be subject to deportation, we saw many of these exact individuals being detained by ICE.

Read and share this  community advisory on the Trinh v. Homan lawsuit from  Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles to learn about what this lawsuit means, and AAAJ-LA's proposed next steps for individuals currently in ICE detention.  For more information, contact Phi Nguyen at  pnguyen@advancingjustice-atlanta.org .


SEARAC is a national civil rights organization that empowers Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese American communities to create a socially just and equitable society. As representatives of the largest refugee community ever resettled in the United States, SEARAC stands together with other refugee communities, communities of color, and social justice movements in pursuit of social equity. 
Find out more at www.searac.org