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

  • Confirmation hearings for Judge Kavanaugh will start September 4
  • Trump administration considers plan that would allow for family detention  
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rules to ban harmful pesticide


Confirmation hearings for Judge Kavanaugh will start September 4

Photo Credit: National Women’s Law Center

Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced that the confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will begin immediately after the Labor Day weekend. Following hearings during which the Judiciary Committee will question Kavanaugh on various issues, the Senate will vote to confirm the judge shortly after. The hearings will also come before sufficient documents on Kavanaugh’s record will be able to be released: while typically the National Archives typically conducts a nonpartisan review of the documents and releases them, the process is currently being conducted by a former Bush attorney who can decide which documents can be released on a partisan basis.

  • Join the Women’s Week of Action this week, hosted by the National Women’s Law Center, NAPAWF, and others
    • NAPAWF is leading the Fight for Reproductive Justice Day on Thursday, August 23. Join us on social media. If you are in DC and interested in participating, contact Jane at jliu@napawf.org
  • Call your Senators at 202-224-3121 and tell them to oppose Brett Kavanaugh!
  • Read NAPAWF’s two-pager on why Brett Kavanaugh is dangerous for AAPI women
  • Learn more about the unprecedented vetting process being used by Republicans for this nomination


Trump administration considers plan that would allow for family detention

Artist: Repeal Hyde Art Project

The Trump administration is currently reviewing a plan that would undo the Flores Settlement, the agreement stating that children cannot be detained for over 20 days. The administration has pointed to this policy as its justification for separating immigrant children from their parents at the border, and reversing it would ultimately allow the administration to detain families together for indefinite periods of time and subject them to deportation. The administration has made repeated attempts to change the agreement but has been rejected by Judge Dolly Gee. It has also called on Congress to repeal the Flores Settlement, but to no avail.

  • Listen to a discussion on the history of the Flores Settlement
  • Read about Judge Dolly Gee, the AAPI woman who ruled against Trump’s attempts to violate the Flores Agreement


Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rules to ban harmful pesticide

Artist: Ricardo Levins Morales

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must ban, within 60 days, the use of chlorpyrifos, a farming pesticide known to cause neurological damage to children including reduced IQ, loss of working memory, and attention deficit disorders. Higher levels of exposure to this insecticide can also cause acute poisoning among farmworkers, the majority of whom are people of color and migrant workers living in low-income, rural communities.

  • Learn more about why environmental justice is a reproductive justice issue
  • Learn more about how chemicals threaten the reproductive health of nail salon workers, the majority of whom are Asian American women


NAPAWF Legal News

Supreme Court Nomination

What’s at stake for AAPI women with the next Supreme Court nomination? Everything. Check out our two-pager now to learn why Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a threat to AAPI women and families.


NAPAWF files amicus brief for Jane Doe case

NAPAWF filed an amicus brief alongside the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the Center for Reproductive Rights, as well as 31 organizations that signed on to the brief, in the case Azar v. Garza -- a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of the “Janes,” unaccompanied immigrant minors in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), who are being denied access to abortion. The amicus brief, which applies a human rights and reproductive justice analysis, demonstrates that ORR’s actions violate unaccompanied immigrant minors’ fundamental rights by effectively denying them access to abortion altogether.

September 12 is Southeast Asian Equal Pay Day!

While it is known that Asian American and Pacific Islander women make, on average, 87 cents to the white male dollar, disaggregated data show that Southeast Asian women experience some of the widest pay gaps: for every while male dollar, Vietnamese and Cambodian women make just 62 cents, Laotian women make 60 cents, and Hmong women 59 cents.

Join us for a tweetstorm on September 12 @ 2 pm EST
to stand with Southeast Asian women in the fight for equal pay
#SEAEqualPay #AAPIEqualPay

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 manager! We are looking for:

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


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