Keep Families Together: Stop SEAsian Deportation Panel
Hosted by UC Hastings APALSA
CO-SPONSORED by APALSA, ACS, SALSA, VALS, and HSIR:
"Deportation is not abstract. Every day it tears parents, siblings, children, friends, and neighbors from their loved ones and communities." - Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus
Join us for a presentation about the legal issues facing Southeast Asian refugees in the U.S. Panelists from Asian Law Caucus will discuss the history of SEAsian refugees, to the current political moment and the ICE raids in SEAsian refugee communities in CA and nationwide. Melanie Kim, a Staff Attorney at Asian Law Caucus will discuss the legal significance of these actions and the changing status of immigrant communities under the current administration. Danny Thongsy will share his story of experiencing the criminal and immigration systems, and the effort to keep him with family and community. We will also discuss current efforts by Asian Law Caucus, Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC), and community members to keep families together and stop the deportation of SEAsian refugees.
Q&A to follow, as well as an opportunity to support current efforts to seek pardon from Gov. Brown for a community member facing deportation.
Melanie Kim - Staff Attorney ALC
Melanie Kim is a staff attorney in the Immigrant Rights Program. Before joining Advancing Justice-ALC, Melanie worked at an immigration firm where she represented clients seeking various forms of immigration relief. Before that, Melanie was a staff attorney at Legal Services of Northern California. Melanie received her law degree from UC Davis School of Law. While at UC Davis, she participated in the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic.
Danny Thongsy - Community member and advocate
Danny was born in a Thai refugee camp after his parents fled war in Laos. At the age of two, Danny came to the United States. Like other Southeast Asian refugees, his family was resettled from one war zone to another. Growing up in Stockton, Danny was surrounded by poverty and gang violence. At 17, Danny was sentenced to life in prison. During 23 years in prison, Danny grew into an advocate and member of Kid CAT, a group of youth sentenced to life in prison. With Kid CAT, Danny advocated for the passage of SB 260 and 261, resulting in his parole grant along with hundreds of other youth sentenced to life in prison. After being paroled last year, Danny was sent to an immigration detention center and finally won his freedom in 2017.
We welcome all interested persons, particularly community members to come! If you are not a UC Hastings student or faculty member, please RSVP at the link: https://goo.gl/forms/0UzUrYUoloMzjZKj1