John C. Yang, President & Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC, joins Dear Asian Americans to talk about the work Asian Americans Advancing Justice is doing for our community. John shares how the Yang family became Asian American, his experience growing up in the midwest, and how his pathway to citizenship sparked his interest in the law. Listen in as Jerry and John discuss finding ways to use the voices we already have, why he joined Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and how we can help support their mission.
John C. Yang is the president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC.
At Advancing Justice | AAJC, John leads the organization’s efforts to fight for civil rights and empower Asian Americans to create a more just America for all through public policy advocacy, education, and litigation. His extensive legal background enables Advancing Justice | AAJC to address systemic policies, programs, and legislative attempts to discriminate against and marginalize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) and other minority communities.
John has been a leader in the Asian American and Pacific Islander and broader civic community. In 1997, John co-founded the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the direct service legal needs of Asian Pacific Americans in the D.C. metropolitan area. He served as chair of the Asian American Justice Center (former name of Advancing Justice | AAJC) after serving as treasurer of the organization and as a member of its National Advisory Council. John was president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) from 2003 to 2004, and since 1998, he has served as Co-Chair of NAPABA’s Judiciary and Executive Nominations & Appointments Committee. In that capacity, he has worked extensively with the White House and the U.S. Senate in securing the nomination and confirmation of over 20 Asian American and Pacific Islander federal judges and numerous other Senate-confirmed Presidential appointments.
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