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Changes at the Korematsu Institute

April 2013 marked the fourth anniversary of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education. We have been able to advance the Institute’s work only with your generous support.

We have accomplished so many things, especially the establishment of a growing Fred Korematsu Day movement, the fulfillment of nearly 4,000 Korematsu Teaching Kit requests from 40 different states, and deeper partnerships with advocates and issues related to the rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as well as all Americans.

When we founded the Korematsu Institute in 2009, we shared with everyone involved the vision that the Institute could one day grow into its own entity. For the past four years, we’ve had a home at the Asian Law Caucus, which nurtured our brand and programs.

Today, we’re starting the Korematsu Institute’s transition into an independent entity. This is a tremendous undertaking, so we’re taking it slow and still remaining at the Asian Law Caucus until we can perform the proper assessments and strategic planning. You will see some changes, but we’ll be working together on them to ensure that the Institute continues its work uninterrupted.

The most important change is that Ling Woo Liu will be leaving the Korematsu Institute to take on the role of Director of Strategic Communications for Asian Americans Advancing Justice. It’s an exciting transition that allows her to revisit her extensive media background. As the Korematsu Institute’s first director, Ling was such a crucial part of our success and we couldn’t have done everything without her. We are planning a more formal way to acknowledge Ling’s numerous contributions, but she will start her new role immediately while continuing to advise the Institute as we transition. Ling can be reached at lingl@asianlawcaucus.org or 415-848-7735.

Karen Korematsu, the founder of the Korematsu Institute and the person who has been carrying Fred’s torch of justice, will lead the Institute through this transition. She can be reached at karen@korematsuinstitute.org or at 415-848-7727. Karen will be working with a team of volunteers in concert with Asian Law Caucus staff to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Thank you again for your many years of support. We’re excited about this growth and will continue to share with you updates on our progress as we move ahead.

Karen Korematsu and Ling Woo Liu
Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education