State Agenda 2013


  • Hepatitis B: Push for a pilot program to conduct outreach and education to at-risk Asian Americans.

Hepatitis B is a viral infection that attacks the liver and can cause both acute and chronic disease.

Over half of the 1.5 million people in America infected with Hepatitis B are Asian American.

1 in 10 Asian Americans is infected with Hepatitis B.

No State funding currently to support outreach and education to Asian American communities.

  •  Language Access Resolution: Creates task force to recommend legislative solutions.

Nearly 10% of Illinois’ population is limited English proficient (LEP), giving Illinois the fifth largest LEP population in the United States (over 1.1 million residents).

Thirty percent of Asian Americans in the Chicago area are LEP and experience difficulty accessing government services and information.

Other states and cities have addressed this problem by passing language access laws.

  •  Comprehensive Immigration (CIR) Reform Resolution: Urges Congress to pass CIR.

Of the over 11 million undocumented immigrants, more than one million are Asian American.

Asian Americans sponsor nearly one-third of all family-based visas each year.

Nearly 2 million Asians are still waiting to be reunified with their families, some waiting over 20 years.

  •  Immigrant Services Budget Line Item: Funds vital programs that benefit immigrants (ICIRR).

The New Americans Initiative & Refugee and Immigrant Citizenship Initiative: Over 60 partners, hundreds of staff, and thousands of families impacted.

The Immigrant Family Resource Program: 37 partners and thousands of families impacted.

The Parent Mentor Program: 491 parents involved in 59 schools giving 10,000 children a helping hand on a daily basis, 13 partners.

Uniting America Program: 10 community partners, over a thousand volunteers annually, and thousands of families impacted.

  •  “Comfort Women” Resolution: Publicly acknowledges the history of “comfort women.”

Over 200,000 women and girls in Asia were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial military before and during World War II.

The story of “comfort women” is an essential part of the history of human trafficking.