Chinese for Affirmative Action will honor Cecillia Wang at its 2017 Celebration of Justice on June 8, 2017, at The Event Center at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco.
CAA selected Cecillia as an honoree in recognition of her leadership in the fight against anti-immigrant laws, racial profiling, and other unlawful police practices relating to immigration enforcement across the country.
For more than 20 years, Cecillia has been at the center of landmark court cases, protecting the rights of the indigent, victims of torture, and undocumented immigrants. Most recently, Cecillia led a team to win a class action lawsuit on behalf of Latino immigrants impacted by the policy and practice of racial profiling and illegal detentions in Maricopa County in Arizona.
Her commitment and passion for justice is driven by her own family immigration story and the stories of so many Asian Americans who have stood up against unjust laws like the Chinese Exclusion Act. CAA is proud to honor Cecillia for continuing a long legacy of resistance.
Cecillia is a former board member of CAA and an AACRE trustee. She is currently the deputy legal director at the national ACLU and directs the Center for Democracy which encompasses the ACLU’s work on immigrants’ rights, voting rights, national security, human rights, and speech, privacy, and technology.
Learn more about CAA’s 2017 Celebration of Justice.