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A special free webinar hosted by APIDC

Save Asian Lives

This special webinar provided an overview of ways in which community members can help stem the tide of anti-Asian and Pacific Islander hate incidents/crimes. Originally broadcasted April 8, 2021.

Thursday, April 8th

12pm — 1:15pm


Intervention Strategies – what to do if you witness a hate crime

Legal Services for Victims – how to access legal help

Advocacy and Messaging – making our voices heard

Racial Harassment – prevention strategies for the workplace and campus

Creating Community – multi-ethnic, multi-generational, LGBTQ

Mental Health Services – including for children, the elderly, and women

Featured Speakers

Rose Gaw, Disability Services and Programs for Students Counselor, Rio Hondo College

Phil Lam, Deputy City Attorney, City of Los Angeles

Derek Li, Senior Trial Attorney, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Trisha Murakawa, Principal, Murakawa Communications; Trustee, El Camino College District Governing Board

Shelley Gee-Ryan, Alhambra Unified School District; Trustee, San Marino Unified School District Board of Education

Peter J. Wong, Adjunct Professor, Asian American Studies, California State University Long Beach

Christina Yang, General Counsel and Pro Bono Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA

Leland Simpliciano, Professor, Los Angeles Harbor College, Group Lead for the Asian and Pacific Islander Staff Faculty Affinity Group for 9 colleges within the LA Community College District.


Special guest panelist:

Representative from Atlanta AAPI community – BJay Pak, former United States Attorney for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia


Moderator: Patricia Kinaga, Chair, APIDC


Featured Speakers

Rose Gaw

Rose Gaw will be describing mental health resources at the college level, including for students with disabilities. She is the Disability Services and Programs for Students Counselor, Rio Hondo College. Born and raised in Myanmar, where education was not accessible to all, Rose developed a passion for equal justice and is driven to create opportunities for future generations.

Shelley Gee-Ryan

Shelley Gee-Ryan will address steps parents and older students can take to deal with racial harassment. She is an educator with the Alhambra Unified School District, and serves as an elected Trustee on the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education. 

Derek Li

Derek Li will explain when and how to file race harassment and bullying incidents in workplace in Federal and state agencies. He is a Senior Trial Attorney with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Since 2006, Derek has litigated a wide range of employment discrimination case, and has conducted training and outreach to the community.

Trisha Murakawa

Trisha Murakawa will provide tips on effective messaging to create and maintain anti-hate crime initiatives. She is the Principal in Murakawa Communications, which specializes in strategic communications for the public sector. She serves as an elected Trustee for the El Camino College District Governing Board.

Peter Wong

Peter J. Wong will provide highlights of the historical context preceding the current resurgence of anti-Asian hate crimes. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Asian American Studies and Public Policy Departments at California State University Long Beach. His research includes economic and cultural barriers faced by Asian American women with disabilities.

Christina Yang

Christina Yang will describe legal services available for survivors of hate crimes and hate incidents. She will also cover ways to get involved by volunteering with legal NPOs and participating in intervention training. Christina is General Counsel and Pro Bono Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA. Her extensive legal background includes civil rights and worker rights.

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