News Release

For Immediate Release
Feb. 24, 2016

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NAPABA Praises Senator Mazie K. Hirono for Introducing a Resolution Recognizing the Historical Significance of Executive Order 9066


WASHINGTON — The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) applauds the introduction of a resolution by Senator Hirono recognizing the historical significance of Executive Order 9066 (EO9066)  which led to the forced incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II — and affirming that America must stand against xenophobic sentiments directed to members of Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Arab, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities.

The resolution commemorates the lessons of EO9066, noting policies that discriminate against any individual based on their actual or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, or religion would be repeating the same mistakes, and is contrary to the values of the United States.

“We commend Senator Hirono for introducing a resolution commemorating the lessons of Executive Order 9066,” said NAPABA President Jin Y. Hwang. “Over the past few months, an upswing in xenophobic and divisive rhetoric, in addition to violence, has intensified the fear, suspicion, and hatred of Muslims in the U.S. EO9066 reminds us that we cannot go back to a time when intolerance and discrimination were acceptable — when our laws were fueled by stereotypes, fear, and mistrust. We must rededicate ourselves to fighting discrimination and injustice whenever it occurs.”

“The internment of Japanese Americans during World War II remains a dark time in our nation’s history,” said Senator Hirono. “Yet, today we hear echoes of the sentiments of 1942 directed toward members of the Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Arab, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities. Mahalo to NAPABA for standing with me to recognize that we cannot repeat the mistakes of our past, and that the diversity of our nation is what makes America strong.”

A broad coalition of civil rights organizations has backed the measure: Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), the National Coalition for Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), Muslim Advocates, the Sikh Coalition, and South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT).

The resolution is co-sponsored by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Al Franken (D-MN), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Patty Murray (D-WA).

Click here to read Senator Hirono’s resolution.

For more information, the media may contact Brett Schuster, NAPABA communications manager, at 202-775-9555 or

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 50,000 attorneys and over 75 national, state, and local bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA engages in legislative and policy advocacy, promotes APA political leadership and political appointments, and builds coalitions within the legal profession and the community at large. NAPABA also serves as a resource for government agencies, members of Congress, and public service organizations about APAs in the legal profession, civil rights, and diversity in the courts.

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 the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

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