As we celebrate the new Year of the Ox and send wishes of a happy and healthy year to all of the KABA-DC members and friends, we would also like to inform you that we are painfully aware of the false, misleading and inflammatory article and op-ed published by Professor J. Mark Ramseyer of Harvard Law School on sex trafficking and slavery during World War II.
We also understand that several media outlets, organizations, and supporters of the Korean community have issued press releases condemning the publication.
KABA-DC also has been in communication with several parties for the last couple of weeks and has been carefully preparing and providing multiple responses, including a letter to the editorial board of the journal that published the article, a call to action request to politicians, and a joint response action with other affinity bar organizations.
As prime mover of the 2014 joint statement, KABA-DC continues to support seeking truth and reconciliation regarding the wartime tragedy and sex trafficking. We also condemn those who would use the comfort women issue as an excuse to attack the Japanese American community.
We will keep you updated with our responses.
In the meantime, please enjoy safe and joyous holidays and join our festive celebration on February 25, at 7 pm ET.
KABA-DC APPLAUDS PRESIDENT BIDEN’S STATEMENT AGAINST ANTI-ASIAN AMERICAN RACISM
For Immediate Release
February 3, 2021
The Korean American Bar Association of Washington DC (KABA-DC) applauds President Joe Biden’s January 26, 2021 “Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States,” which includes, inter alia:
1. An earnest acknowledgement of the pain, harm, and risk that the Asian American communities, including the Korean American community, have suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic, and
2. A pledge to ensure members of the Asian American communities are treated with dignity and equity by combating racism, xenophobia, and intolerance.
The Memorandum acknowledges that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made our Nation more secure during the COVID-19 pandemic and throughout our history as an estimated 2 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have served on the front lines of this crisis as healthcare providers, as first responders, and in other essential roles. The Memorandum further recognizes that advancing inclusion of Asian Americans is critical to the safety and security of the American People.
Asian Americans have faced hate and discrimination for much of the past year as they were wrongfully blamed for the coronavirus pandemic. Asian Americans, including Korean Americans, were subject to random acts of violence against their persons and businesses. Even Asian American medical workers, at the frontlines of combating the pandemic, were subject to harassment. Although the statement from the White House came much later than we would have hoped for, KABA-DC commends the forthright acknowledgement that “[t]he Federal Government must recognize that it has played a role in furthering these xenophobic sentiments through the actions of political leaders, including references to the COVID-19 pandemic by the geographic location of its origin.” KABA-DC urges all to follow the example set by President Biden’s statement and take a stance against racism and xenophobia.
KABA-DC invites you to our Virtual Mock Interview Event!
The student-mock interviewer pairing is expected to be announced on Thursday, August 20, 2020. Thereafter, it will be the pair's responsibility to set up a virtual mock interview session through mutual availability.
Where: Virtual (Google meetup or other virtual meeting software of choice)
The Korean American Bar Association of Washington, D.C. is looking for Secretary/Treasurer to serve during the 2020-2022 term. Responsibilities include maintenance of KABA-DC's financial records, management of federal and local corporate and tax filing requirements, quarterly reports to NAPABA, and notetaking during Board and Officer meetings. If you would like to be part of our team, please contact Rina Kim at email@example.com.