Ap eye on the hill

AP(Eye) on the Hill is our biweekly highlight of significant federal updates, particularly those that affect AAPI communities regarding reproductive health and rights, immigrant rights, and economic justice. Learn about NAPAWF's federal policy work while you're out on the ground!

Policy Recap

  • NAPAWF and 52 organizations take action on AAPI Equal Pay Day

  • House of Representatives introduces bills advancing reproductive rights, immigrant justice, and more

NAPAWF and 52 organizations recognize AAPI Equal Pay Day

bar graph showing pay disparity among aapi ethnic groups

Data provided by the National Women's Law Center

March 5, 2019 was AAPI Equal Pay Day, the day that the average AAPI woman must work until in order for her wages to catch up to what a white man earned in 2018. Although AAPI women make on average 85 cents to the white male dollar, data disaggregated by ethnicity reveals that many groups of AAPI women actually make much less: Burmese women only make 50 cents to the white male dollar, Hmong women 57 cents, and Cambodian women 60 cents. NAPAWF chapters across the US hosted actions and activities to highlight these disparities and call on Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which has recently been voted out of committee and is expected to reach the House of Representatives for a floor vote in the coming weeks.

  • Catch up on some highlights from our Tweetstorm on March 5

  • Check out a video by the National Women's Law Center, featuring NAPAWF, on the AAPI wage gap

  • Learn more about the AAPI wage wage with a new fact sheet from the National Women's Law Center

House of Representatives introduces bills advancing reproductive rights, immigrant justice, and more

affordable abortion access is reproductive justice

Image Source: Colorlines

EACH Woman Act

On Tuesday, the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Woman Act was reintroduced in the House by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CA). It was also introduced for the first time in the Senate by a group of Senators led by Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). The EACH Woman Act would permanent remove the Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal dollars from covering abortion care, such as through Medicaid, effectively making abortion care inaccessible for millions of low-income people. It also prohibits bans on abortion coverage in private insurance plans.

  • Read NAPAWF's statement on the EACH Woman Act's introduction

  • Learn more about the EACH Woman Act through this fact sheet

Image Source: Protect the Dream

Dream and Promise Act of 2019

On Tuesday, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), and Rep. Yvette Clark (D-NY) introduced the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, which would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth, or Dreamers, as well as temporary protected status (TPS) and deferred enforced departure (DED) holders.

  • Read NAPAWF's statement on the bill's introduction

  • Read a detailed summary of the bill here

  • Read an article from Gender Policy Report on undocumented AAPI youth

proud to support full federal equality for lgbtq people

Equality Act

On Wednesday, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) reintroduced the Equality Act, which would provide explicit protections from discrimination against LGBTQ people. No federal protections currently exist, leaving politicians to use existing laws to discriminate against LGBTQ people such as by using religious freedom laws to block health care access.

  • Learn more about the Equality Act

  • See how your state does in protecting LGBTQ rights

Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization bill

Following the expiration of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 2013, House Democrats, led by Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA),  introduced a reauthorization bill to continue the government-funded programs aimed at combating sexual assault and domestic violence. Despite facing threats to weaken protections for Native women, the bill passed out of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday with votes along party lines.

Healthy Families Act

On Thursday, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) reintroduced the Health Families Act, which would set a national standard for paid sick days across the US. In addition to allowing up to seven paid sick days per year, the bill would allow survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to seek assistance and recovery.

  • Learn more about the Healthy Families Act

Ap Eye on the courts

D.C. Circuit Court Nominee Neomi Rao

NAPAWF continued its efforts to oppose the confirmation of Neomi Rao to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. On Tuesday, March 12, NAPAWF co-hosted a rally in Washington, D.C. to #RejectRao with Alliance For Justice, Deepa Iyer on behalf of South Asian Women #RejectRao, National Women's Law Center, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and many more. Felicia Wong, a member of the the DC chapter of NAPAWF, gave a powerful speech highlighting that Neomi Rao's identity as an AAPI woman does not make her our champion, nor does it mean she understands or acknowledges the oppressions faced by our communities. Despite our powerful efforts, the Senate voted to confirm Neomi Rao to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday, March 13.

Other Legal News

We're hiring!

Want to join a multi-city team working to build power for AAPI women and girls? Help us find new folks for our team! We are looking for:

  • Philadelphia Organizing Manager
  • Philadelphia Organizer
  • Policy Intern (Summer 2019, Washington, DC)

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

Follow Us

Contact Us

National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum
1225 New York Avenue NW
Suite 800
Washington, District of Columbia 20005


Manage Subscription