APIQWTC is proud to announce our 2018 Phoenix Award Honoree and Banquet Beneficiary! You can read about them below. Congratulations to Cecilia Chung, Our 2018 Phoenix Award Honoree!
Cecilia Chung, Senior Director of Strategic Projects of Transgender Law Center, is a Health Commissioner of San Francisco and an internationally recognized human rights leader who advocates for HIV/AIDS awareness and treatment access, LGBT equality, and social justice. An immigrant from Hong Kong, Cecilia arrived in San Francisco in 1984. Over the past 25 years, Cecilia has broken ground in a number of ways including: being the first transgender woman and first Asian to be elected to lead the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Celebration; the first transgender woman and first person living openly with HIV to Chair the San Francisco Human Rights Commission; and, an architect of the nation’s most ambitious publicly funded program addressing economic justice within the transgender community. Her community service spans nearly two decades, as she has been involved with San Francisco’s Transgender Discrimination Task Force and was a founding member of Trans March. As an Asian transgender woman living with HIV, she has dedicated herself to ending stigma, discrimination, and violence in all communities.
Congratulations to ASPIRE, Our 2018 Banquet Beneficiary! ASPIRE is the first Pan-Asian undocumented immigrant led group in the country, housed under Asian Law Caucus based in San Francisco Bay Area. The mission of ASPIRE is to empower undocumented Asian Pacific Islander youth and young adults to educate, advocate, organize, and mobilize for the rights of immigrant families. ASPIRE’s vision is to build an inclusive and socially just society. In this recent year, ASPIRE has continue to protest against inhumane deportations by advocating via legislative visits, community education, and nonviolent direct actions.