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September, 2008 -
58 Organizations have signed on to our request letter to Chairwoman Lofgren. Read more
July, 2008 -
We are disappointed to learn that the hearing has been cancelled. Read more
June 2008 -
The coram nobis legal teams have written a letter to legal community in support of Campaign For Justice! Read the letter
May, 2008 -
The House Judiciary Committee scheduled a hearing on H.R. 662 for July 31, 2008. Read more
April, 2008 -
A BIG Thank You to our donors for supporting us!
February, 2008 -
A warm welcome to Christine Oh, who joins as Legislative Campaign Manager.
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus letter to Day of Remembrance participants, commemorating the 30th anniversary of Day of Remembrance events and the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988.
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FCNL supports Commission Bill
The Friends Committee on National Legislation sent a letter urging House Members to support H.R. 662
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Hearing request to Rep. Nadler, chairman of Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.
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January, 2008 -
Grace Shimizu receives Community Justice Award from San Francisco chapter of JACL
Read her acceptance speech
Read the article in the Hokubei Mainichi
Read the article in Asian Week
March, 2007 -
Los Angeles Times Editorial in support of JLA Commission Bill on March 18, 2007
The LA Times published an op-ed piece supporting the Commission Bill.
Read the article
February, 2007 -
Reintroduction of Commission Bill in U.S. Congress
This bill, the "Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act" (H.R. 662 and S. 381), would establish a federal commission to study the wartime violations committed by the U.S. government against Japanese Latin Americans during World War II. The bill was reintroduced in Congress by U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI) and in the House by Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), both with bipartisan support.
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See Senator Inouye's website to read his press release on the Commission Bill
See Congressman Becerra's webpage on the Commission Bill
In 2000, Congressional representative Xavier
Becerra (CA-D) first introduced "The Wartime Parity and Justice
Act" in the House of Representatives. Download his 2/17/05
statement of Congress in PDF format.
“The Wartime Parity and Justice Act” (HR 893) is comprehensive redress legislation which will
resolve the unfinished redress issues of persons of Japanese ancestry for the wartime violation of their civil and
human rights. This legislation will:
Provide equitable redress to Japanese Latin Americans (JLAs) who
suffered war crimes at the hands of the US government, including kidnapping
and forcible deportation from 13 Latin American countries and incarceration
in internment camps in the US for the purpose of hostage exchange;
Provide redress to Japanese Americans who endured wartime violations of their
constitutional rights but have been denied redress on various technical grounds; and
Fulfill the education mandate of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988
by authorizing $45 million to reestablish the Civil Liberties Public Education
Fund to ensure that this chapter in our nation's history will be better
understood and remembered. Read the HR893 summary
Support "The Wartime Parity and Justice Act" (HR 893) and write your
representative today! Let them know:
- We need more cosponsors for "The Wartime Parity and Justice Act"
- "The Wartime Parity and Justice Act" deserves a hearing in Congress
- We want passage of "The Wartime Parity and Justice Act" now!
The Wartime Parity & Justice Act Deserves a Hearing!
A secondary goal is to have Congressional hearings held on our
redress bill. We want to inform our elected officials and the public
about the importance of resolving this unfinished business of redress
and bringing an honorable close to this shameful chapter of our
- Urge your representatives in both the House and the Senate
to become a cosponsor and to support hearings on our redress bill.
- Encourage your family and friends—especially those who
reside in other states—to sign and distribute support letters.
- Join our CFJ Redress Delegations to Washington, D.C. for Congressional
briefings, lobbying, and educational outreach.
The Wartime Parity & Justice Act of 2005 (H.R.
- authorizes $45 million in public education funding to
fulfill the education mandate of the Civil Liberties Act
of 1988 (CLA)
- provides redress to Japanese Americans who have been
unjustly denied for technical reasons or narrow interpretations
of the CLA
- provides redress equity for Japanese Latin Americans
who suffered civil and human rights violations by the US
government during World War II.
Read the H.R. 893 Summary
Read Rep. Becerra's statement on reintroduction of WPJA