CAA honors Cecillia Wang for Continuing the Legacy of Resistance


“I decided on going into law school after learning about the Japanese American redress and reparations movement [as an undergraduate], and learned about the ways in which Asian Americans and Asian immigrants were at the forefront of so many key civil rights battles in our country’s history.”
–Cecillia Wang

CAA is pleased to recognize Cecillia Wang for leading the fight against anti-immigrant laws, racial profiling, and other unlawful police practices relating to immigration enforcement across the country.

For over 20 years, she has been at the center of landmark court cases, protecting the rights of the indigent, victims of torture, and undocumented immigrants. Most recently, Cecillia led a team to win a class action lawsuit on behalf of Latino immigrants impacted by the policy and practice of racial profiling and illegal detentions in Maricopa County in Arizona.

Her commitment and passion for justice is driven by her own family immigration story and the stories of so many Asian Americans who have stood up against unjust laws like the Chinese Exclusion Act. CAA is proud to honor Cecillia for continuing a long legacy of resistance.

Cecillia is a former board member of CAA and an AACRE trustee. She is currently the deputy legal director at the national ACLU and directs the Center for Democracy which encompasses the ACLU’s work on immigrants’ rights, voting rights, national security, human rights, and speech, privacy, and technology.

To pay special tribute to Cecillia Wang and her legacy of advocacy, please join us in honoring her at our Celebration of Justice on June 8th. You can purchase tickets here, or buy an ad or become a sponsor in her honor (more info here).

We hope to see you at the dinner!

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