WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 16, 2016) — The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) and the Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC), in collaboration with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and AAPIs Beyond Bars, is hosting a screening and panel discussion of “Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story,” from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, North Congressional Meeting Room 268, First St NE, Washington, DC 20515.
The panelists will include Eddy Zheng, Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC), Oakland, Calif., Kristopher Larsen, Formerly Incarcerated Group Healing Together (FIGHT), Seattle, Wash., Tung Nguyen, Santa Ana, Calif., and congressional leaders. Refreshments will be provided.
Please register here.
The event will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA), harmful retroactive legislation that caused a dramatic spike in deportation rates by eliminating judicial discretion in many cases and expanding the scope of deportable offenses. Panelists will share their personal stories and highlight the local work they are doing to support AAPI prisoner reentry.
SEARAC will also release a report on prosecutorial discretion to highlight the issue of unjust deportations. This event will be held in conjunction with SEARAC’s annual “Leadership, Empowerment, and Advocacy Fellowship” (LEAF) training.
For more information, see the event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1730410840533355/#AAPIsBeyondBars #Fix96
The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) is a national organization that advances the interests of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans by empowering communities through advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building to create a socially just and equitable society. Find out more at www.searac.org.