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Please join Professor Rick Banks and the Center for Racial Justice as we welcome Cynthia Choi, co-executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action and co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, and Aarti Kohli, executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, to discuss the historical context and current political moment in which violence against Asian, Pacific Islander, South Asian, and Southeast Asian American and immigrant communities is taking place, what CAA/Stop AAPI Hate and ALC are doing to advance strategies that address the violence as well as intergroup community-building, and how members of the Stanford student, faculty, and staff communities can help.
Cynthia Choi is the Co-Executive Director of Chinese for Affirmative Action, a community based civil rights organization committed to protecting the dignity and fair treatment of all immigrants and fulfilling the promise of a multi-racial democracy. CAA is one of the founders of Stop AAPI Hate, an initiative that was formed to address anti-Asian racism and xenophobia.
She has over 30 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector and over 20 years serving in leadership positions. Cynthia has led local, state and national community based organizations and initiatives working on a range of issues from reproductive justice, gender violence, violence prevention, immigrant/refugee rights and environmental justice issues. She is a daughter of immigrants, raising three daughters of her own and is deeply committed to creating a world that is socially just.
Aarti Kohli is the Executive Director of Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, the first organization in the country to represent and promote the legal and civil rights of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Aarti leads ALC with a vision of increasing the power of low-income immigrant communities to help advance economic and racial justice in our democracy. She currently leads a national table of Asian American leaders addressing anti-Asian hate with a focus on policy, messaging, and solidarity work. Aarti is committed to advancing local, state, and federal policy solutions that recognize and address the needs of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
Aarti is an experienced leader with over twenty years of experience working at the intersections of immigration, civic engagement, criminal justice, economic equity, and national security. Prior to joining Advancing Justice – ALC, Aarti led her own consulting practice where she advised philanthropy and managed a project on the politics of demographic change and immigration reform at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Aarti also served as the Director of Immigration Policy at the Warren Institute at UC Berkeley School of Law where she led the institute’s immigration initiative on issues of equity for immigrant families. Formerly, she worked on a range of issues, from bankruptcy to voting rights, as Judiciary Committee counsel to Representative Howard Berman (D-CA). Before working for Congress she served as Assistant Legislative Director at UNITE union in Washington, DC where she lobbied on behalf of low-income garment workers.