The California Asian Pacific American Judges Association (CAPAJA) Hosts Virtual Event, “What are Hate Crimes, and What Can AAPI Attorneys Do About Them?”
Join Frances-Marie Prizzia and the top Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) attorneys in California for a virtual discussion about this serious national problem
Orange County, California (April 28, 2021) – On May 12, 2021 from 5:00 – 6:00pm PT, the California Asian Pacific American Judges Association (CAPAJA) will be hosting a virtual event titled, “What are Hate Crimes, and What Can AAPI Attorneys Do About Them?” CAPAJA is a committee of over 100 judicial officers from the California Judicial Branch and Administrative Agencies who work together to promote justice in matters concerning the judiciary and Asian Pacific American Californians. One of the major goals of the organization is to increase the diversity of California’s bench officers and to raise awareness about relevant issues that affect the community.
Sadly, one of these issues is hate crimes. A hate crime is a crime that is considered to be motivated by prejudice and that occurs when a perpetrator targets a victim due to their membership of a certain social group or racial demographic. Hate crimes are committed every day against a variety of races, religions, national origins, and sexual orientations, but Anti-Asian hate crime has seen an especially staggering spike over the past year. In fact, Anti-Asian hate crime increased in 16 of America’s largest cities by 145% in 2020, according to an analysis of official preliminary police data by the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University.
The advocates of these communities and professionals of the law are not staying silent on this issue. With the help of CAPAJA, top AAPI attorneys and legal professionals in California are creating a space where all can discuss, learn, and move forward with a plan of action for tackling this serious issue that is harming minority communities across the country.
Among the legal professionals speaking will be Judge Sunil Kulkarni, a Santa Clara Sup. Ct. Moderator, Melissa Deleon, an Equity Staff Attorney at ACLU in San Diego County, Thienvu Ho, an Assistant Chief District Attorney in Sacramento County, and Frances-Marie Prizzia, a Criminal Defense Attorney in Orange County.
Frances-Marie Prizzia, the owner of The Law Offices of Frances Prizzia in Orange County, has been dedicated to upholding the constitutional rights of clients for over 16 years. In addition, she is a strong proponent of the right to life, liberty, and security of the person. The infringement of those rights is exactly what she will be discussing at this event. Frances is passionate about utilizing her knowledge of the law to protect the well-being of others, which is why she has spent time working for immigrant labor organizations and at a mental healthcare center. She has seen firsthand the injustices suffered by the disenfranchised and impoverished, and will be sharing valuable insight as well as learning more about how to stop these crimes.
If you would like to register for this event, you can RSVP at http://bit.ly/capaja-hatecrimes. The legal professionals dedicated to preventing and punishing hate crimes look forward to your presence and participation as we work towards the greater goal of creating a safer nation and world.
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