FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2020
Washington, D.C. – The Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF) announced today that the Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) will receive this year’s Community Service Award at the 2020 AEF Benefit Dinner. The Benefit Dinner will be held on March 25, 2020, at 6:00 PM, at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C.
AEF awards the Community Service Award every year to recognize the work of an organization or an individual who has tirelessly served the Asian Pacific American (APA) community in the greater Washington, D.C. area. “For years, APIAVote has been working to empower and engage Asian Americans and Pacific Islander communities, and to encourage electoral and civic participation in the DMV area and nationwide. We are delighted to bestow the Community Service Award to APIAVote and to raise awareness to the important work it has been doing around voting rights and the 2020 census,” said Yiyang Wu, AEF Director.
APIAVote is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that encourages and promotes civic participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the electoral and public policy processes at the national, state and local levels. Founded in 2007, APIAVote now works with partners in 28 states to ensure AAPI participate in our American democracy and have fair and equal access to the democratic process. APIAVote is currently engaged in an educational outreach campaign to ensure a complete count of the AAPI community for the 2020 census and has conducted 40 census trainings nationwide and has recently released a video explaining the census in 26 AAPI languages. In conjunction with Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC, APIAVote has a hotline offering bilingual support in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali for any census-related questions or concerns.
“APIAVote has been championing the rights of minority voters and consistently use our platform to encourage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to get involved not only at the polls but also in other civic engagement initiatives.” said Christine Chen, Executive Director of APIAVote, “We are honored to accept this award and move towards making sure AAPIs turn out at the polls and to ensure a complete count in the 2020 Census.”
AEF is celebrating over a quarter-century history of giving at the 2020 Benefit Dinner, where APIAVote will be honored as the Award recipient. AEF is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization established by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area in 1993 to engage exclusively in charitable and educational activities. Funding for AEF comes from generous donations from national corporations, law firms, individuals, and the Annual Benefit Dinner. The keynote speaker during the 2020 AEF Benefit Dinner will be Rishi Varma, General Counsel of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. Full details about the 2020 AEF Benefit Dinner can be found at http://www.aefdc.org.