AP(Eye) on the Hill is our bi-weekly highlight of significant federal updates, particularly those that impact AAPI communities regarding reproductive, immigration, and economic justice. Learn about NAPAWF’s and other national AAPI groups’ federal policy work while you’re out on the ground!

Policy Recap

  • Justice Department makes it nearly impossible for domestic violence survivors to seek asylum

  • Supreme Court issues decisions on LGBTQ rights, Jane Doe, and voter rights

  • House of Representatives set to vote on two anti-immigration bills next week

Justice Department makes it nearly impossible for domestic violence survivors to seek asylum

On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a legal decision signaling that victims of domestic abuse and gang violence generally will not qualify for asylum. Sessions reversed an immigration appeals court decision that granted asylum to a Salvadoran woman who suffered sexual and emotional abuse from her husband. In doing so, he severely narrowed the definition of persecution and reasons under which an individual can seek asylum. In the case, known as “Matter of A-B-,” NAPAWF signed on to an amicus brief in support of the survivor.

Supreme Court issues decisions on LGBTQ rights, Jane Doe, and voter rights

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The Supreme Court recently released decisions on several cases:

  • In Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the Court ruled in favor of the baker who refused service to a gay couple. Although the rationale applies specifically to this case and does not have broader implications for anti-LGBTQ discrimination or other civil rights cases, many anti-LGBTQ business owners have felt emboldened to refuse business to people. Read a full analysis here.
  • In Azar vs. Garza, the Court vacated the appeals court ruling that allowed Jane Doe, an unaccompanied immigrant minor, to obtain an abortion. This narrow ruling only applies to the case of Jane Doe, who already obtained her abortion, and does not impact the larger class-action lawsuit against the Trump administration’s no-abortion policy for immigrant detainees.
  • In Husted v. Philip Randolph Institute, the Court ruled that states can purge voters from voter rolls if they fail to vote after a period of time, significantly exacerbating voter suppression among low-income people, people of color, disabled people, and veterans.


House of Representatives set to vote on two anti-immigration bills next week

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After moderate Republicans failed to gather enough votes for a discharge petition that would have forced a vote on legislation protecting Dreamers, Speaker Paul Ryan announced that he would bring two immigration bills to the floor for votes next week. The two anti-immigration bills include H.R. 4760, introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), which would fail to protect Dreamers, ramp up immigrant enforcement including funding for Trump’s wall, dismantle the family-based immigration system, eliminate the diversity visa program, and more.

  • Learn more about why the Goodlatte bill is extremely dangerous.
  • Read the op-ed by Congresswoman Judy Chu about the importance of the family-based immigration system.

We’re hiring!

Want to join a multi-city team working for reproductive justice for AAPI women, girls, trans, and gender nonconforming folks? Help us find our next NAPAWF organizers and coordinator! We are looking for:

More information is available here: https://www.napawf.org/jobs.html

Join us at the National Association of Women Lawyers’ 2018 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon!

NAPAWF is pleased to be a Partnering Organization of the National Association of Women Lawyers’ 2018 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon on Thursday, July 19 at the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City. We have arranged a special 10% discount for our members. To register, please go here and use the code “AMNAPAWF2018” to get the discount.

The Luncheon will draw over 900 attendees, including outside and in-house counsel, and attorneys from government, military, non-profits, and academia. The 2018 awards to be presented include:

  • NAWL President’s Award for the advancement and retention of women attorneys by an organization – to 3M Company;
  • Arabella Babb Mansfield Award in recognition of professional achievement, positive influence, and valuable contribution to women in the law and society – to Roberta Kaplan;
  • Lead by Example Award for a leading male attorney in a law firm, company, government unit or public interest entity who supports the advancement of women within his organization – to Ben Wilson, Chairman of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C; and
  • M. Ashley Dickerson Award in recognition of lawyers who promote diversity – Sandra Phillips Rogers, Group Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary of Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

In addition to the Awards Luncheon celebrating leaders in our organization and profession, there will be comprehensive and rich programming relevant to women in all fields of legal practice.

Registration is open to NAWL members and non-members. Scholarships are available for attorneys who wish to attend but may not be able to do so due to cost considerations.

For additional information about NAWL and the 2018 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon, visit www.nawl.org.


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