Community Champions Gala

10/26/2018 6:00 PM

Community Champions Gala OCT26

2018 Community Champions Gala

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of our national and local AAPI heroes and leaders. Our gala honors individuals who have dedicated their lives to furthering the civil, social and economic rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) in Georgia.

This year, we are so proud to announce our keynote speaker -- Karen Korematsu

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Keynote Speaker: Karen Korematsu

Karen Korematsu is the Founder and Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute and the daughter of the late Fred T. Korematsu. In 2009, on the 25th anniversary of the reversal of Fred’s WWII U.S. Supreme Court conviction, Karen established the Fred T. Korematsu Institute.

Since her father’s passing in 2005, Karen has carried on Fred’s legacy as a civil rights advocate, public speaker and public educator. She shares her passion for social justice and education at K-12 public and private schools, colleges and universities, law schools, teachers’ conferences and organizations across the country.

Karen’s work, and her father’s legacy, extends to advocating for civil liberties for all communities, and she addresses current issues that draw lessons from the past. She has signed on to amicus briefs in several cases opposing violations of constitutional rights arising after 9/11, including in Odah v. United States, Turkman v. Ashcroft, Hedges v. Obama, and Hassan v. City of New York. She authored the foreword to “Patriot Acts, Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice” in 2011.

Karen is a lead member the National Advisory Boards of both the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality at Seattle University School of Law and the Fred T. Korematsu Professor of Law and Social Justice at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She is a current board member for Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC in Washington, D.C., and a former member of the Board of Directors for Marin Ballet and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus. In 2015, Karen was invited as the first non-lawyer member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).

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Keynote Speaker - Karen Korematsu


Karen Korematsu is a civil rights advocate, public speaker and public educator and the daughter of the late Fred T. Korematsu, a civil rights activist who challenged the legality of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Karen, the Founder and Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute will shed light on recent developments on the case. The Korematsu Institute promotes the importance of remembering one of the most blatant forms of racial profiling in U.S. history, the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Community Champion Award

      Azadeh N. Shahshahani
is an American human rights attorney based in Atlanta. She is the Legal & Advocacy Director for Project South. Shahshahani has worked for a number of years in the US South to protect the human rights of immigrants and Muslim, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities. She has served as the Chair of Georgia Detention Watch, a network of community organizations that has been advocating for the shutting down of detention centers in Georgia.
Rising Star Community Champion Award

              Bee Nguyen

is a State Representative from District 89. She cares about representation and voices at every level of public discourse. Daughter of refugees from Vietnam, Bee fights against discriminatory policies targeting women, the LGBTQ community, the refugee and immigrant communities. Bee is also the founder of Athena’s Warehouse, a nonprofit that empower underresourced high school girls in Atlanta.

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