AAPCHO Participates in Immigrant Rights Action, Staff Arrested for Protesting House’s Inaction on Immigration Reform

September 12, 2013
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WASHINGTON D.C., September 12, 2013 – This morning, the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) participated in an action where approximately 100 women were arrested outside the House of Representatives for protesting the House’s inaction on comprehensive immigration reform that treats the health and lives of women, children and families fairly.

AAPCHO staff member, Christine Harley, was among 100 women advocates from faith, health, civil rights, and immigrant rights movements, and including the largest number of undocumented activists, to submit to arrest. AAPCHO’s participation highlighted the particular difficulty that Asian American, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander (AA&NHOPI) immigrant women experience to ensure the health and safety of their children and families, in face of laws that deny their family’s access to the health care that every person deserves. Roughly 200 additional supporters watched the demonstration and called on the House to match their courage by passing fair and inclusive immigration reform.

“AAPCHO understands that AA&NHOPI women often shoulder the responsibility of their family’s health, and the lack of quality and affordable health care options have been inhumanely denied for immigrant families. We call on the House to pass a common-sense immigration bill that addresses the needs of immigrant families, including the right to affordable health care,” said Jeffrey Caballero, executive director at AAPCHO, adding, “Speaker Boehner, the time is now.”

The civil disobedience action highlights the need for Congressional leaders to move forward a fair immigration reform bill, rather than piecemeal and inhumane enforcement bills. It demands that Congress pass immigration reform that includes: a roadmap to citizenship, a strong family immigration system, and strong protections for women workers and survivors of violence.

AAPCHO is a national association of 33 community health organizations dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration, and leadership that improves the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders in the U.S. For more information on AAPCHO and its Guiding Principles and Values, please visit AAPCHO can also be found on Facebook (, Twitter (@aapchotweets), and YouTube (

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