LOS ANGELES (February 3, 2011) – The California Association of Human Relations Organizations will present its 2011 CAHRO Leadership Award to Stewart Kwoh, the president and executive director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice.
Kwoh, a nationally-recognized civil rights advocate who has received dozens of awards, including a MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant, was honored during CAHRO’s statewide training conference, “California: The State of Human Relations” at The California Endowment’s Center for Health Communities on Feb. 7. More than 100 human relations and civil rights leaders from governmental and community-based entities statewide attended the conference.
“I am honored to receive the CAHRO Leadership Award and believe deeply in CAHRO’s mission and values,’’ Kwoh said. “Collaboration and coalition-building are key to effective and lasting social change in our communities.”
“There is no one more deserving than Stewart Kwoh for this award,’’ said APALC Board Chair John Lim, a senior partner at Lim, Ruger & Kim LLP. “He is the model for active collaboration across race, economic, and gender lines.”
Kwoh is the founding President and Executive Director of APALC, which he started in 1983. He envisioned an organization that would provide legal services and education to the poor, protect and advance the civil rights of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and improve intergroup relations.
Under Kwoh’s leadership, APALC now provides service to more than 15,000 individuals, and has become a key advocate for the AAPI community while also working to build bridges with African American, Latino and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Kwoh, a past president and board member of the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission, also founded APALC’s Leadership in Development and Interethnic Relations program, which has trained more than 1,000 community leaders and activists in the past two decades.
Created in 1973, CAHRO is a statewide organization of people and organizations dedicated to promoting the full acceptance of all persons by supporting and building collaborations to enhance intergroup cooperation and reduce community tension, and by conducting activities designed to create a climate of respect and inclusion.
Founded in 1983, APALC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for civil rights, providing legal services and education, and building coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Pacific Americans and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. APALC is a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, which also includes Asian American Institute in Chicago, Asian American Justice Center in Washington, D.C., and Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco.