FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2006
CONTACT: Les Jin, (202) 775-9555
NAPABA APPLAUDS THE REAUTHORIZATION OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT
Washington, D.C. – The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) applauds the passage of The Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006 (VRA).
The reauthorization of the VRA has been one of NAPABA’s top priorities for 2006. NAPABA is particularly pleased with the reauthorization of Section 203 of the VRA, which guarantees language assistance in jurisdictions with large populations of non-English speaking citizens.
“The passage of the VRA protects and sustains our democracy,” remarked NAPABA President Amy Lin Meyerson. “Furthermore, the reauthorization of Section 203 of the VRA enables potential Asian Pacific American (APA) voters to fully access their right to vote regardless of their level of English proficiency. By providing voting materials and assistance in languages other than English, Section 203 effectively removes language barriers that might have harmed and disenfranchised APA voters. Section 203 ensures that APAs are no longer marginalized from the democratic process but instead can make their political voices heard.”
“The bipartisan efforts in both the Senate and House on behalf of the reauthorization of the VRA should be commended,” commented NAPABA Executive Director Les Jin. Jin added, “Their hard work and leadership resulted in the VRA’s overwhelming passage in both houses of Congress. NAPABA also thanks President Bush for his strong support for reauthorization.”
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 47 local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members represent solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes professional development of minorities in the legal profession.