The announcement is meant to coincide with Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month which officially begins today.
Among those being honored is Minh Dang (pictured here),executive director of Don’t Sell Bodies, reports Patch, The UC Berkeley graduate student launched her organization to fight human trafficking. She herself is a survivor of child abuse and trafficking. You can read more about her story and Don’t Sell Bodies on the group’s website.
Also being honored as Champions for Change are two Indian American women, reports IBN.
Aparna Bhattacharyya is the Executive Director of Raksha, in Atlanta, Georgia. Her group fights on behalf of immigrants and provides cultural training to lawyers, law enforcement and service providers so they can better meet the needs of immigrants.
Pramila Jayapal is from Washington state and founded One America. It’s the largest immigrant advocacy group in Washington and is a champion for immigration reform.
Others named as Champions for Change include Myrla Baldonado and Nancy Tom from Chicago, Mia Mingus, Van Ton-Quinlivan and Catherine Eusebio from California, Atsuko Toko Fish and Karen Suyemoto from Boston, Lusiana Tuga Hansen from Alaska, Arline Loh from Delaware, Natalie Nakase from Los Angeles, Mary Frances Oneha from Hawaii and Shireen Zaman from Washington, DC.
You can read more about two Filipino Americans honored as Champions for Change in this blog from AsAmNews
A ceremony will be held at the White House May 6 to honor these wonderful women. You can watch it live beginning at 10 am PT/1pm ET on Monday at Monday, May 6 at www.whitehouse.gov/live .