YOUR HONOR ROLL: NQAPIA Legal Program 2019

NQAPIA thanks these law firms and corporate legal departments for their pro bono legal assistance and diversity & inclusion partnerships supporting the LGBT Asian & South Asian community over the past year.

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance’s 2019 Legal Program has included legal advocacy and impact litigation protecting and promoting immigrants’ rights, LGBT rights, and racial justice. We illustrated the impact on LGBT and Asian American communities and used the amicus briefs as another opportunity to tell our stories to educate both courts of law and courts of public opinion. Our Legal Program has included diversity and inclusion programs for LGBT Asian and South Asian attorneys to live their full lives at work and in the profession. 

 

Defending California’s Sanctuary Laws 
With Weil, Gotshal & Manages LLP 

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sued California to block its sanctuary laws that curtail how private employers, local prisons and jails, and local law enforcement work with Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE). NQAPIA submitted an amicus brief in US v. California in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, joined by 11 other LGBTQ and LGBTQ Asian groups in California.  The brief defends California and illustrates how suspending California’s sanctuary laws would have a direct and outsized impact on the LGBTQ community.  During oral argument, Judge Milan Smith referenced a key argument in NQAPIA’s amicus brief in his questioning of ICE’s attorneys. California won but an appeal is expected.  

 

Defending DACA for LGBTQ Undocumented Youth
With Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC

This upcoming term, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider Trump’s cancellation of the DACA program in DHS v. Regents of the University of California.  NQAPIA is representing two DACA recipients, an LGBT Korean man in New York and LGBT South Asian man from Fiji in Los Angeles.  NQAPIA is preparing a comprehensive brief showing the Court, and the public, how more is at stake for LGBT DACA recipients because many come from countries where homosexuality is a crime.  Trump’s cancellation of DACA could result in more than just a deportation, but imprisonment or a death sentence.

Defending LGBTQ Rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
With Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Orrick Henderson and Sutcliffe LLP

This upcoming term, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider a trio of cases examining whether employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity are covered under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  NQAPIA was the only LGBT organization that joined 57 civil rights organizations in a brief highlighting a racial and civil rights analysis demonstrating the impact on LGBTQ people of color.  LGBTQ people of color are far more likely to suffer discrimination than their white counterparts. The three cases before the Court are Bostock v. Clayton Cnty, Georgia; Harris v. EEOC; and Altitude Express v. Zarda.

Defending Transgender Asians under Title VII
With Center for Constitutional Rights, Transgender Law Center, and Akerman LLP

NQAPIA joined 45 trans-rights organizations in another brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in R.G. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission urging the court to rule that discrimination against transgender employees is unlawful discrimination “because of sex” under Title VII.  The brief highlights the stories of over 30 transgender people, including some Asian  Americans, who have experienced workplace discrimination just for being who they are.

Defending Affirmative Action at Harvard & Opposing the Model Minority Myth
With the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and Foley Hoag LLP

NQAPIA joined 35 Asian American groups and higher education faculty in an amicus brief in the federal court in Boston in SFFA v. Harvard in support of Harvard’s admissions policy towards achieving diversity. The brief argues that the plaintiff’s goal of grouping a diverse pool of Asian American applicants into a single “Asian” category would perpetuate the “model minority” myth and that the plaintiff fails to disclose that the elimination of race-conscious admissions would mostly benefit white applicants, not Asian Americans.  The brief reiterates amici’s opposition to caps, quotas, or any negative action against Asian Americans.

LGBTQ Family Rights in Japan
By Linklaters LLP

A memorandum of law by Linklaters reviewed national and local laws and regulations with regards to LGBT families, including marriage, family building (adoption), gender transition, and family protections for children or LGBT people in Japan.  From this memo, NQAPIA developed community education materials, in English and Japanese, and educated 1,500 activists, lawyers, students, and faculty in Tokyo, Sapporo, and Nagoya.

Defending Sanctuary Cities in the Midwest
With Baker & McKenzie LLP

In Illinois, the City of Chicago sued the U.S. Department of Justice for blocking federal funding because it is a sanctuary city in Chicago v. Whitaker.  The suit is between the district court and court of appeals in procedural arguments. NQAPIA is monitoring the case and working on a potential amicus brief to  the 7th Circuit. The City had won at the District Court. 

Program: Transactional Identities
Hosted by Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP

NQAPIA worked with the LGBT Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York on an innovative diversity and inclusion roundtable discussion where attendees and a law firm partner, in-house counsel, and government attorney discussed how they navigate the various contexts of coming out. 

Panel Series: Being Out, API, and On Top: Senior Corporate Leaders in NY, DC, SF
Hosted by Morrison & Foerster LLP

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, NQAPIA held a series of professional development panels at Morrison & Foerster’s offices in in New York City, Washington DC, and San Francisco.  The panels featured openly LGBT API senior leaders in the legal, business, government, and nonprofit community, along with global corporate diversity and inclusion executives on career advancement. 

Networking Receptions for LGBT Asian American/ South Asian Attorney
Hosted by Vinson & Elkins LLP (San Francisco), White & Case LLP (Washington, DC), Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP (Chicago) and Shearman & Sterling LLP (New York).

NQAPIA hosted receptions in 4 cities in October 2018, which provided networking opportunities, peer-support, and speakers from the bench for LGBT Asian American/South Asian lawyers. 

Lobbying for LGBT Immigrant Protections
With Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC

NQAPIA assisted U.S. Representative Judy Chu (D-CA), the Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, on ways to strengthen the LGBT provisions in the Reuniting Families Act of 2019, which preserves family-based immigration.  NQAPIA attorneys worked on the bill to keep LGBT families together, including, binational couples, LGBT asylum seekers and refugees in same-sex relationships, and LGBT parents of foreign-born children born. 

For more information or to partner with NQAPIA on pro bono or D&I projects, contact Glenn D. Magpantay, Esquire, at glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org

Fact Sheet-Diversity Visa & APIs

An immigrant visa (IV) is issued to a person wishing to live permanently in the U.S. A nonimmigrant visa (NIV) is issued to a person with permanent residence outside the United States, but wishes to be in the U.S. on a temporary basis for tourism, medical treatment, business, temporary work or study, as examples.

In light of recent terrorist attacks, the Diversity Visa has been under attack by President Trump and politicians. On November 1st, following an attack in New York, Trump tweeted “The terrorist came into our country through what is called the “Diversity Visa Lottery Program,” a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based.” In President Trump’s opinion, the Diversity Visa lets bad people into the United States. In an address to the graduates of the FBI National Academy he said, “They give us their worst people, put them in a bin… they’re picking the worst of the worst, congratulations you’re going to the US.” Since then, Trump has endorsed a bill from Senator Chuck Grassley, called the Secure and Succeed Act of 2018 which includes a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients and money for security but also significant limits to legal immigration, including family-based migration and the Diversity Visa lottery.

The Diversity Visa was first put in place to offset the tendency of immigrants who come from a few select source countries. Natives from countries that have sent more 50,000 immigrants in the past 5 years are not eligible to apply for the Diversity Visa. This includes countries such as: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, mainland China, Colombia, South Korea, Philippines, Vietnam and others that are listed in the DV-2018, Diversity Visa instructions. 50,000 of Diversity Visas are given out a year through a lottery system. Of these 50,000, most come from Eastern Europe and Africa. 38.9% of Diversity Visa recipients came from the African continent in 2017, 21.7% came from Eastern Europe, and 1.4% from Oceania.

Applicants to the visa lottery system do go through an extensive vetting system. Applicants must have a high school education or its equivalent, or a two years in an occupation which requires at least two years of training or experience. The applicant or applicant’s spouse must be a native of one of the countries that qualifies for the diversity lottery.

People chosen by the lottery must file the necessary paperwork before coming, including submitting fingerprints, digital photographs, electronic applications, and go through two in-person interviews at the U.S. consulate before they are allowed to enter the country. Their names are vetted and checked against crime and terrorism databases. These procedures have been the methods used by the U.S. for naturalization for years, and it works the same way for Diversity Visa entrants. So the Diversity Visa does not inherently have procedural factors that would increase the likelihood of admitting terrorists than any other visa. The Diversity Visa does bring diversity to the United States from countries that otherwise does not have many other pathways to enter this country. One significant group that have felt the positive impact of the Diversity Visa is Asian Pacific Islanders.

What sets the Diversity Visa apart from most other visas that it does not require the applicant to already have family members within the United States, which is what the immediate relatives and family visas do. Therefore, the Diversity Visa is a visa for people that do not fit in the criteria for the other visas, many of which contain requirements most suited for natives of well-developed countries, or countries which under different immigrant policies in the past were able to establish a population in the U.S.

In our analysis we focused only on the numbers for the diversity and family visas, which overall for Asian Pacific Islander nations are the two most common visas for people to enter the United States. This information is open and free to the public through the Visa Office on the U.S. Department of State website.

An example of how this works in the favor for some countries is Japan, where the number of Diversity Visas make up 45.1% of the 159 family and Diversity Visas in 2017.

Second most common visa for Fijians is the Diversity Visa, which made up 45.7% of the 468 family and Diversity Visas combined in 2017.

In 2017, 25.5% of visas Tongans came to the U.S. with are Diversity Visas.

Nepal has a significant number of people applying for the Diversity Visa, 3477 in 2017, which is 76.6% of the total.

Iran also has around the same number applicants for diversity and family visas in 2017, Diversity Visas are 49.5% while family visas are 50.4%. This is an example of even when the natives of a country have family in the states, it shows that people also take advantage of coming into the country through other ways just as much. The Diversity Visa is important to this countries.

Saudi Arabia’s diversity immigrants make up 33.3% of the total of diversity and family immigrants, so its diversity numbers are not insignificant in comparison to the total it sends annually.

 

Comparison of Diversity and Family Visas in Oceania and Asia

Source: U.S. Department of State Visa Office

Oceania Countries Diversity 2017 Family 2017 Total Visas by Country Diversity Percentage of Family+Diversity
Fiji 214 254 608 46.7%
Kiribati 0 0 1 N/A
Marshall Islands 0 0 10 N/A
Micronesia 0 0 0 N/A
Nauru 0 0 0 N/A
Palau 0 0 3 N/A
Papau New Guinea 1 0 6 10%
Samoa 0 13 34 0%
Solomon Islands 0 0 2 N/A
Tonga 24 70 121 25.5%
Tuvalu 2 0 1 100%
Vanuatu 0 0 0 N/A
East Asia
China – mainland born Not Eligible 15401 35350 Not Eligible
China – Taiwan born 160 728 1515 18%
Hong Kong S.A.R. 18 834 1128 2.1%
Japan 117 142 1450 45.1%
Korea, North 0 2 3 0%
Korea, South* Not Eligible 1381 4893 Not Eligible
Macau 30 183 14%
Mongolia 97 33 226 74.6%
South Asia
Afghanistan 144 338 17671 29.8%
Bangladesh Not Eligible 6970 12331 Not Eligible
Bhutan 7 7 37 50%
Maldives 0 0 1 Not Eligible
Nepal 3477 1061 6326 76.6%
India Not Eligible 15361 27303 Not Eligible
Pakistan Not Eligible 6242 12143 Not Eligible
Sri Lanka 160 237 716 40.3%
Southeast Asia
Burma 148 556 1309 21%
Brunei 0 0 2 N/A
Cambodia 198 687 3400 22.3%
Indonesia 41 188 561 17.9%
Laos 0 99 296 0%
Malaysia 30 161 404 15.7%
Philippines Not Eligible 13801 30410 Not Eligible
Singapore 9 57 180 13.6%
Thailand 19 281 1337 6.3%
Timore-Leste 0 0 0 N/A
Vietnam Not Eligible 18152 28719 Not Eligible
West Asia
Bahrain 1 8 28 11.1%
Iran 2106 2143 6643 49.5%
Iraq 150 338 3720 30.7%
Israel 34 128 560 20.9%
Jordan 96 1765 4272 5.1%
Kuwait 45 188 468 19.3%
Lebanon 41 817 1806 4.7%
Oman 6 7 32 46.1%
Palestinian Authority Travel N/A N/A N/A N/A
Qatar 9 27 86 25%
Saudi Arabia 111 224 721 33.1%
Syria 128 1217 2551 9.5%
United Arab Emirates 31 193 511 13.8%
Yemen 267 1564 5419 14.5%

*Countries that have a “Not Eligible” in the Diversity Visa column are ones that are not eligible for the visa and therefore have no statistics for it

Fighting for Our Rights

Queer Asian & Proud
Fight for LGBT Equality
Defend Immigrants’ Rights

Asian Americans, Southeast Asians, South Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) are the nation’s fast growing minority group and the largest segment of new immigrants coming to the United States.  More and more are coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ). NQAPIA advocates for LGBTQ APIs at the intersection of immigrants’ rights, racial justice, and queerness.

The new Congress is an opportunity to advance federal legislation that protects all of our communities, especially those who are LGBTQ, Asian, immigrants, and young people.  Join NQAPIA to support the:

  • LGBT Equality Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender-identity in employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service.
  • Dream Act so immigrant youth can continue to live, work, and study in the United States without fear of deportation, after being brought here as children.  169,000 APIs are eligible for DACA. 267,000 undocumented immigrants are LGBT. President Trump wants to end DACA, and many LGBT API youth could be deported to countries that criminalize homosexuality.
  • Reuniting Families Act to update and preserve the current family-based immigration system to keep families together and reduce family immigration visa backlogs.  It protects same-sex couples when one partner is from a country that does not recognize same-sex marriage, is an asylum grantee, or both are refugees and aim to be resettled together.

Urge Congress to support the LGBT Equality Act; the Dream Act, and the Reuniting Families Act to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander communities!

2019 National Leadership Summit

2019 Leadership Summit

Leadership Summit for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders (AAPI)

An expected 100 representatives from NQAPIA’s federation members will come together in Las Vegas for the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance’s (NQAPIA) 2019 Leadership Summit.

SAVE THE DATE

August 22-25, 2019

CITY

Las Vegas, NV

REGISTRATION

The Leadership Summit is by invitation only. Please check your email for a link to register.

CONTACT

NQAPIA Membership Organizer
Khudai Tanveer: khudai (at) nqapia (dot) org

MORE CONFERENCE DETAILS

Draft Agenda

Summit Details

2019 summit details

NQAPIA National Leadership Summit

Las Vegas – August 22 to 25, 2019

 

DETAILS & LOGISTICS

No Registration Fee in Lieu of Agreement

There is no registration fee provided that the attendees agree to (1) serve as a liaison to NQAPIA for their group; (2) work with NQAPIA on various, mutually agreed upon projects (to be determined collectively at the Summit); and (3) are first-time participants to an NQAPIA Summit.

NQAPIA will cover all expenses for trainers, training materials, meeting space, and meals (except Saturday banquet dinner), and all ground transportation in Las Vegas for two representatives from your organization.

Please be advised that the Summit is a working weekend made possible through specific grants and underwriting sponsors to help build a national federation of LGBT API groups to work collectively on joint programs and to deploy the power of the LGBT API community.

Tiered Support Depending on Engagement

In accordance with NQAPIA’s new strategic plan and aims for our work with local LGBT API groups to be more mutually beneficial and less transactional and more transformative, the level of housing and travel support will be tiered based on the level of engagement and past work with NQAPIA.

All LGBT API organizations are welcome to attend the Summit for free but housing and travel support will vary.   Past engagement is measured through the following:

  • communication with NQAPIA staff
  • responsiveness to outreach emails
  • educational social media postings (e.g., health care, ACA enrollment, family or faith acceptance)
  • advocacy and signing onto sign-on letters or amicus briefs
  • endorsing legislation  for LGBT and/or immigrants rights
  • co-hosting an event such as a family or faith acceptance workshop, career development panel,  Community Catalyst Awards Dinner, fundraising house party,
  • coordinating a local action to support and #FreeChin or 9/11
  • other program development

Contact Khudai Tanveer, Member Organizer at khudai@nqapia.org to determine your last level of support.  If you have questions about this new policy, contact Glenn D. Magpantay, Executive Director at glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org.

Diversity and Additional Representatives

Groups may not bring additional representatives unless invited. NQAPIA will take steps to ensure inclusion of traditionally underrepresented constituencies based on gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, geography, and age. NQAPIA’s Board Members will also be in attendance.

Housing Accommodations

All attendees will be staying at the Hampton Inn Tropicana Las Vegas, 4975 Dean Martin Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89118. https://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/nevada/hampton-inn-tropicana-LASINHX/index.html?SEO_id=GMB-HP-LASINHX

For groups with high engagement and past work with NQAPIA, we will provide hotel accommodations for three (3) nights for two (2) official representatives per LGBT API organization. Check-in on Thursday, August 22 and check-out on Sunday, August 25.  Rooms have two double beds.

For organizations with minimal engagement, we will offer housing for only 1 attendee who will share a room with a representative from another organization. Rooms have two double beds.

 

Extended Stay

Attendees are welcome to extend their stay in Las Vegas (at their own expense) and take advantage of all the attractions that this exciting city has to offer.  NQAPIA’s discounted hotel rate (of $109 per night) will be extended for those who would like to arrive early or stay longer. NQAPIA will make the reservation but you are responsible for all charges.

 

Additional Expenses & Cancellations

Since housing, meals, and ground transportation will be pre-arranged and pre-paid, NQAPIA will not make additional reimbursements to individuals except for their flights. After registration, if any cancellations must be made, we ask the groups to replace the representative or refund the expenses paid (approximately $940.60 per person).

 

Flight Travel

For groups with high engagement and past work with NQAPIA, we will help to offset the cost of flights into Las Vegas McCarran Airport (LAS) according to the following schedule.  We anticipate these amounts will cover most of the cost of the flights

  • West Coast $150
  • Midwest $250
  • East Coast $350

For groups in cities that hosted an NQAPIA Community Catalyst Awards Fundraising Dinner (NY, DC, Chicago), NQAPIA will cover the entire cost of the airfare.

NQAPIA will provide a cash subsidy through reimbursement. Checks will be disbursed on the last day of the Summit.  Attendees should book their own flights and submit receipts.

Organizations with minimal engagement are welcome to attend the Summit for free but will not be offered travel support.

 

Arrival and Departure

All participants must arrive by 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 22.

If you are attending one of the a Pre-Summit Planning Meeting, we ask that you arrive by 12N.  The program ends at 12Noon on Sunday, August 25.

 

Ground Transportation

The Hampton Inn Tropicana will provide complementary airport pick ups on Thursday and drop offs on Sunday.  NQAPIA will provide transportation to all evening off-site events.

NQAPIA will not cover ground transportation to / from the airport in travelers’ home cities.

 

Meals

NQAPIA will provide all meals in Las Vegas including Thursday night reception; Friday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Saturday breakfast and lunch; and Sunday breakfast and lunch.

On Saturday night, we will host our annual Member Catalyst Awards Banquet and we ask attendees to cover their cost of the meal, $50.  However, if this is a hardship, NQAPIA will provide assistance.

Accessibility and Dietary Restrictions  

Should you require any special access needs or have special dietary restrictions, please advise us of those needs at the time of registration.  NQAPIA will endeavor to accommodate all access needs and dietary restrictions. A full accessibility audit has been done for the spaces we’ll be in during the summit.

One note about scent free space, Las Vegas is a night life city and the Friday and Saturday dinners are located in Casinos where smoking is allowed inside the building.

 

Action for Legal Protections

NQAPIA’s foundation funders who are supporting the summit, want to see the collective power that LGBT APIs can deploy.  In past Summits, attendees has conducted canvassing, letter-writing, phone-banking, protest marches, and train-takeovers.  This year NQAPIA is lobbying for federal legislation to protect our communities. All attendees will participate in a collective phone-bank to urge people to support:

  • LGBT Equality Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender-identity in employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service.
  • Dream Act so immigrant youth can continue to live, work, and study in the United States without fear of deportation, after being brought here as children.
  • Reuniting Families Act to update and preserve the current family-based immigration system to keep families together and reduce family immigration visa backlogs.

Training and phone lists will be provided.  We ask everyone to predicate.

Post Summit Consulting and Coaching

Truly applying skills that attendees learn at the Summit requires follow-up. To further promote capacity building and leadership develop, NQAPIA’s staff and training faculty will offer groups one-on-one coaching both at and after the Summit. Member groups will be eligible to receive up to five (5) hours of free consulting and individualized coaching.  Sign up at the Summit.

Sponsors

NQAPIA acknowledges the generous support of the following sponsors who provided the financial backing of the 2019 Summit:

  • Arcus Foundation
  • David Bohnett Foundation
  • Comcast/NBC Universal
  • Verizon
  • ActBlue
  • AT&T
  • Caesars’ Entertainment – sponsor of the opening reception
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Attendees at the NQAPIA Community Catalyst Awards Dinners in New York, Washington DC, and Chicago. And attendees to the NQAPIA Fundraising House Parties in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Funding Transparency

To be as transparent as possible, funding for the Summit is provided by grants that are tied to specific deliverables and corporate and nonprofit sponsors who are underwriting expenses of the Summit.

  • 28% from Foundation Grants – requires workshops and action on immigrants’ rights
  • 37% from Corporate Sponsors
  • 26% from community fundraising drives (e.g., Catalyst Awards dinners, fundraising appeals)
  • 9% from Nonprofit Sponsors

NQAPIA has a strong values-based Corporate Fundraising Policy.  We never compromise our values or curtail our programs or advocacy agenda to secure funding.  But we do oblige when funders seek engagement opportunities with our members (name listing, program book ad, photo booth, workshop or speaking opportunity).  NQAPIA is grateful to our funders and sponsors for investing in the LGBT API community.

NQAPIA tried to raise as much money as we could but was unable to cover all expenses for the Summit, such as the Saturday night dinner.  So we are hoping attendees will be able to cove the cost of the meal at $50.

 

To Register:

There is a three (3) step registration process to be completed by June 30.

First complete the NQAPIA Member Group Profile (A Census of Our Own)

Then each attendee should complete the Attendee Registration

Finally, Make payment for Saturday night Member Awards Banquet Dinner $50

All links are forthcoming from Conor Huynh.  Because all meals and hotel accommodations are pre-paid, rooms and flights must be booked by July 5 (seven weeks in advance).  If you need help registering, contact Conor Huynh at conor@nqapia.org.

2019 Summit Agenda

NQAPIA 2019 National Leadership Summit

Hampton Inn Tropicana Las Vegas

Las Vegas August 22-25, 2019

DRAFT AGENDA

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22   – Off site
2pm – 5pm        Pre-Summit Conference Planning Meetings
DesiQ / KQTCon / Pacifika Gender Justice
Off site at Asian Community Development Council (ACDC)

 

7:00 – 10:00 pm    Welcoming Reception & Organizational Presentation
Introduce staff and trainers, Board
Groups present themselves and one success and one challenge.
People also introduce themselves and preferred gender pronouns.
Off site at Bally’s (Sponsored by Caesar’s Entertainment)

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23
9:00 – 10:00 am      Introduction to the Summit
Framing the weekend, Review goals, How we got here
Community Agreements & Funding Transparency

10:15 – 11:45 am     Workshop Session 1 – Select one

12 Noon – 2:15 pm     Working Luncheon Plenary: NQAPIA Membership Meeting

Building a Queer Asian Movement. Hear about NQAPIA’s work this year.  Present Strategic Plan. Break Out Groups:

  • Health & Healing Justice
  • Rise of the Right in Asian Community (WeChat & WhatsApp)
  • Immigrant’s Rights
  • Faith & Family Acceptance

2:30 – 4:00 pm     Workshop Session 2 – Select one

4:15 – 5:45 pm     Workshop Session 3 – Select one

7:00 – 9:00 am     Dinner

Off Site at Ping Pang Pong Restaurant in Gold Coast Hotel & Casino

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24

9:00 – 10:00 am      Caucus Meetings and Clinics

Youth / Parents / Trans and GNC / Others

Funder Clinic and Legal Clinic

10:15 – 11:45 am     Workshop Session 4 – Select one

12 Noon – 3:00 pm     Luncheon Plenary: Taking Action  

Phone banking for Immigrant’s Rights (RFA), The LGBT Equality Act, and the Dream Act

3:30 – 5:00 pm     Workshop Session 5 – Select one

7:00 – 10:00 pm     Community Catalyst Awards Dinner and Fundraiser (off-site)

NQAPIA Member Awards, Entertainment, and Karaoke

Off Site at Bropards Filipino restaurant

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25

9:00 – 10:00 am     Regional Caucuses
Bringing the Summit home and continuing the work.
Midwest/ The South/ Pacific Northwest / California / Northeast / Elsewhere. Announce plans for 2020 Regional Summits

10:15 – 11:45 pm     Closing Plenary:
Regional Report Backs, Evaluations, Final Reflections and Thank Yous

10:30, 11:30, 12:30     Transit to Airport

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm    Optional Workshop Session 6 – Select one

1:15 pm – 4:15 pm    NQAPIA Board: Fundraising Phone Bank

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 26
9:00 pm – 5:00 pm    NQAPIA National Board of Directors Meeting

WORKSHOP TOPICS:

  • Leadership Styles
  • Digital and Grassroots Fundraising Skills
  • LGBT Org Best Practices – Building Membership through Social, Political, Peer Support, and Educational Programming
  • Foundation Grants, Organizational Legal Liabilities, and Going 501(c)3
  • Conflict Resolution
  • One-on-One Organizing to Build a Team
  • Developing Leadership to Building Capacity
  • Fighting for Immigrants’ Rights in API and LGBTQ Communities
  • The Rise of the Right in Chinese and Asian / South Asian Communities
  • Family Acceptance
  • Religious Acceptance in the API Community

 

Op-eds on Online Privacy

OpEd: Online Privacy Protection: Signs are Hopeful for Federal Action

Glenn D. Magpantay, Executive Director, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)

When it comes to keeping sensitive information private, no one should be more alert to Congress’ latest actions than the LGBTQ community.

Less than several months into this year, Senate and House leaders have already convened multiple congressional committee hearings on to how best to protect our online data. This covers our search records, browser history, advertising tracking, social media information and much more. The goal is to help us understand who accesses, stores and especially sells our vast amount of deeply personal information.

Internet privacy has become a truly bipartisan rallying cry across the U.S. Capitol. Lawmakers from both parties appear genuinely interested in finding common ground on a solution.

“No matter who you are, you deserve privacy,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) correctly noted. He added that consumers don’t care “whether their information is being mined by a tech giant or a small business. They just want to be protected.”

At the other side of the aisle, Republican leader Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) this year fleshed out a federal privacy solution with proposals including a uniform national standard revolving around transparency and accountability. Importantly, she called out the inherent technological and legal difficulties of “a patchwork of state laws” – a particularly timely critique given that some legislatures appear interested in trying to regulate privacy within their boundaries.

The parameters outlined by Sen. Blumenthal and Rep. McMorris Rodgers are a good foundation for legislation. A uniform federal online privacy standard is the clearest and best way to help consumers understand their rights. This standard should apply to every company collecting our online data.

Any data collection, and especially sale of personal data, must first involve our full disclosure and approval. This disclosure must be clear and legible so that anyone using a service understands what happens to their data before signing up.

Above all, Congress should put an end to anonymous and undisclosed tracking and information sharing just because we once visited a website or used an app that never disclosed its ad tracker policies. That important issue gained special notice recently when a Wall Street Journal investigation found that Facebook collects “intensely personal information from many popular smartphone apps” even if the user has no connection to the company.

Privacy rights are a major issue for the LGBTQ community. Our members often pursue personal lives and lifestyles in secret because of fear that disclosure will spark condemnation, loss of friends and family relationships, and even job loss.

Indeed, incidents of violence are all too real for the LGBTQ community. The Human Rights Campaign has written extensively about violence and workplace discrimination against our members. 2016 was the deadliest year on record for the LGBTQ community – and that didn’t even count the victims from the Pulse tragedy.

Recently, The New York Times published the results of an investigation into mobile app privacy with this headline: “Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret.”

Authored by the award-winning Richard Harris, the article described how “at least 75 companies receive anonymous, precise location data from apps whose users enable location services….”  Many of those businesses, according to The Times, claim to track as many as 200 million mobile devices.

The NY Times, The Wall Street Journal and other independent investigations during the past year show the gaping holes in current law on online privacy. For the LGBTQ community, this issue’s importance cannot be overstated.

Federal action on a national privacy standard based on disclosure and transparency is crucial. Congress cannot wait! It must act now!

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The danger of failing to reclaim our online privacy
By Glenn Magpantay

Corporate scandals involving tech companies’ abuse of our private online data have dominated the headlines.  The implications for marginalized Americans, especially LGBTQ and racial-minority communities, are huge.

Despite progress for LGBTQ people in America, there are still many areas in the U.S. where we can be denied housing or fired from a job solely due to who we are. Physical violence and threats are still a common occurrence against LGBTQ and brown people. Every week last year on average, there was an anti-LGBTQ murder; hate crimes against South Asians spiked.

Faced with these and other obstacles, pressured to act “straighter” and “whiter,” it is depressing but understandable that many in the LGBTQ and Asian Pacific Islander communities, in attempts to stay safe, choose to live dual lives—online and offline, with trusted friends and in public. But the proliferation of websites, ad trackers, search engines, and other online companies mining, selling and profiling our personal information is a direct threat to how marginalized folks choose to lead their lives.

That’s why it is urgent for Congress to pass a comprehensive law giving all Internet users greater right to control our own private information, use it to our own benefit and remain protected from discriminatory behavior across the web.

Even a cursory look at recent scandals shows this problem’s magnitude. This week, dating site Match.com acknowledged that it had reactivated “a limited number” of closed accounts. That begs an obvious question: If accounts were closed, why did Match still have these users’ personal information, apparently years after closure?

Facebook sanctioned discrimination and allowed violations of fair housing laws by allowing advertisers to screen out “undesirables” form seeing ads.

This month, 23 consumer and privacy groups documented that Google’s YouTube website has been gathering data on kids as young as 12 in apparent violation of Federal law. In a Federal complaint, the groups allege that “illegal collection has been going on for many years and involves tens of millions of U.S. children.”

Perhaps worst of all, back in March, we learned about the massive Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal. 71 million Americans had personal information sent to an outside firm for the benefit of the Trump for President campaign.

Loss of control over our personal information is deeply concerning. For communities who have typically turned to the Internet as a safe-haven, the implications of these ongoing privacy scandals are especially serious. Many websites hold out the promise of being a place for likeminded people to connect. This is especially important for people whom much of society would prefer to keep at the edges.  But the repeated breaches of this promise and commoditization and distribution of our online information represents a huge breach of trust by companies that profit off these websites.

There is no substitute for Congressional action. State laws are helpful but not sufficient. Indeed, Match.com is based in Texas, which is one of 32 states with an online privacy law that supposedly requires companies to destroy personal information.

While Congress is not known for fast action, the current focus on technology issues and the related net neutrality issue could provide a unique opportunity for progress.  While net neutrality has traditionally focused on broadband providers, we now understand that internet protections can only be effective if they apply everywhere online and don’t omit the big tech platforms like Facebook and Google and services like Match.com that so powerfully impact our lives.  Neutrality rules are only meaningful if they ensure that everyone can participate fully, equally, and safely online.

It often takes a crisis to spur Congress to act, and that’s what we have right now.  The internet has become central to our politics, our culture, and our economy, but marginalized communities are once again at risk of being shut out.  Peharps the combined gravity of the neutrality and privacy issues can reinforce and propel each other forward.

Our digital selves are never truly “anonymized,” and they are not cold, meaningless points of data —online we bare our colors, creeds, and hearts. We deserve the right to reclaim our online selves. Only Congressional action can make that happen—and it must happen now.

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The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander organizations. 

 

Queer Asian Post-Queens Pride Party

Description:
GAPIMNY—Empowering Queer & Trans Asian Pacific Islanders and National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance invite you to our annual Queer Asian Post-Queens Pride Party!

Before the weekend ends, join us for dinner and drinks.
(It’s real food and yes beer, wine, and signature cocktails!)

$20 suggested – proceeds benefit GAPIMNY, NQAPIA, and the Nat’l Conference Scholarship Fund

Location:
Glenn, Chris, and Malcolm’s Home
3405 80th Street, Apt. 22
(corner of 34th Ave and 80th St.)
Jackson Heights, Queens

Open to all. RSVP to glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org

Directions:
Take the # 7 to 82nd St. stop in Queens. Walk down to 80th St. and then north 3 blocks to 34th Ave. Apt. building on the right.
OR
Take the E/F / G/R / V to Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave./74th St. stop in Queens. You will be on Roosevelt and 74th St. Cross Roosevelt Ave. (#7 subway tracks above) and walk north 3 blocks to 34th Ave. Make right and walk to 80th St. Apt. building on the right.

Contact: glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org or 917-439-3158

Join us in community after the Queens Pride Parade on June 2!

Click the link for more details about the event:

Reuniting Families Act Fact Sheet

Reuniting Families Act

The current family-based immigration system has not been updated in 20 years—keeping spouses, children, and their parents separated for years and often decades. The Reuniting Families Act would reduce family immigration visa backlogs and promote humane and timely reunification of immigrant families.

There are over 4.4 million people in the family immigration backlog waiting unconscionable periods of time to reunite with their family members. The bill reunites family members to strengthen our communities and our economy. Specifically, the bill’s provisions propose the following changes, additions, or deletions:

  • Recaptures Immigrant Visas Lost to Bureaucratic Delay—The bill recaptures unused employment-based and family-sponsored visas from fiscal years 1992-2015. For future years, unused visa numbers will automatically “roll over” to the next fiscal year.
  • Reclassifies Spouses & Minor Children of Green Card Holders as “Immediate Relatives”—so that spouses and children under 21 of lawful permanent residents who are waiting can immediately reunite with their families.  Currently, they are subject to annual numerical limits.
  • Eliminates Per-Country Limits—This addresses the decades-long backlogs from certain countries such as the Mexico, the Philippines, China, and India.
  • Provides Greater Enforcement Relief for Families—Allows more flexibility in addressing numerous hardships, including family separation, and gives immigration adjudicators and judges more discretion to handle special cases.
  • Eliminates Having to go to the Back of the Line—A family- or employment-based visa applicant can retain their earliest priority date regardless of the category of subsequent petitions.
  • Accommodates Special Immigrant Groups—provides relief for orphans and widows seeking a visa after the death of a sponsoring relative; exempts children of Filipino World War II who fought of the U.S. from family visa limits; and allows for equal treatment of all stepchildren.
  • Includes LGBTQ Immigration Protections—permits LGBTQ citizens and legal permanent residents in binational same-sex relationships to sponsor their permanent partner for immigration to the U.S.; helps individuals whose permanent partner is from a country that does not recognize same-sex marriage; ensure that same- sex refugee partners are resettled together; and that asylum grantees can have their non- married partners “follow to join” them in the U.S.

Take Action
Urge Congress to support the Reuniting Families Act.

 

Dream Act Fact Sheet

Of the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, more than a million are undocumented young people who were brought to the United States as minors and have spent most of their lives living in the United States.

The Dream Act will protect young undocumented immigrants, who are vulnerable to deportation, many of whom are Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

The DACA program has allowed 800,000 young people to live, work, and study in the United States without fear of deportation, after being brought here as children.  169,000 APIs are eligible for DACA. 267,000 undocumented immigrants are LGBT.

However, President Trump has vowed to end DACA, many LGBT API youth could be deported to countries that criminalize homosexuality.  Several lawsuits have temporarily delayed, but cannot permanently block Trump’s cancellation of DACA. Congress still needs to act to save DACA and find a permanent solution for the Dreamers.

Undocumented LGBTQ people experience compounded discrimination due to their sexual orientation, gender identity, and immigration status. Approximately 75,000 Dreamers are LGBTQ, and 36,000 of them have gotten relief through DACA.

In a third of countries around the world, it is a crime to be LGBTQ. Thousands of people every year are arrested, harassed and even murdered because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Sending LGBTQ Dreamers back to these countries would gravely threaten their health and safety.

The Dream Act would provide Dreamers the opportunity to apply for permanent legal status and eventually become eligible for U.S. citizenship. It allows current, former, and future undocumented high-school graduates and GED recipients a three-step pathway to U.S. citizenship through college, work, or the armed services.

 

Take Action
Urge Congress to support the Dream Act.