Friday, July 29, 2011

VVA NEWS: Fairfax County Police to Highlight Unsolved Crimes Involving Vietnamese Victims at Aug. 6 Event and to Discuss Victim Assistance Resources

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20009577-504083.html
PRESS RELEASE
VVA Press Contact:
Vel Hernandez
(703) 362-7873
Friday, July 29, 2011

ADVOCACY DAY TO HIGHLIGHT UNSOLVED CRIMES INVOLVING ASIAN AMERICAN VICTIMS AND TO DISCUSS RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF VICTIMS

Sen. Mark Warner Expresses Support in Advance of VVA’s “True Community” Event
Chairman Sharon Bulova to Present Keynote


Event Co-Sponsored by Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia



FAIRFAX, Va. – Voice of Vietnamese Americans (VVA) is proud to announce Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia's (APABA-Va.) co-sponsorship of next month’s first-ever Asian American Community Advocacy and Resource Day that will shed light on the resources available for Virginia residents and families concerned about recent violent crimes and general public safety.

“Now is a crucial time put a spotlight on the resources and services available for families of innocent victims of violent crimes and for all concerned citizens in the greater D.C. area,” Genie Nguyen, VVA president and founder, said. “I sincerely thank the honorable APABA-Va. organization co-sponsoring this important event in our community. I also thank Detective Jeff Bergman and his colleagues of Fairfax County Police Department for joining forces with Tony Pham, General Counsel of Richmond City Sheriff’s Office, to offer their time and commitment to meet concerned citizens at our Aug. 6 event. It will be a valuable presentation for every American who is concerned about safety.”

Over the past year, the greater Washington, D.C. region saw several devastating crimes, such as murder, involving Asian American victims that are still ongoing. Most locally, Fairfax, Va. resident Vanessa Pham, 19, was found brutally murdered in her car over a year ago and thhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gife case is still unsolved. Most recently, police ruled the death of a 12-year-old Vietnamese girl found in her Gaithersburg, Md. home in late May of this year a homicide and the investigation is still ongoing.

“The police department recognizes there are gap between law enforcement and the Vietnamese community, and other Asian communities, and is making every effort to bridge those gaps,” Det. Bergman said. “Those efforts include training our officers to understand various cultural nuances and customs and educating residents on protecting themselves and their families from crime. We hope this forum will strengthen our relationship with members of the Vietnamese communities in Fairfax County."

Community Advocacy and Resource Day’s objective is to also present the latest trends in issues important to Asian American Virginians, such as public safety, jobs, health care, capital accessibility to small businesses, fhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifunding for higher education, domestic violence, and environmental protection and to also to educate the public on the area's newly redrawn districts after the recent redistricting process. Local grassroots organizations will have the opportunity to meet in a forum setting with locally elected officials, as well as running candidates representing the newly redrawn districts, to voice their issues and concerns.

On Tuesday, July 26, U.S. Senator Mark Warner (VA) expressed his support for the event’s objectives, stating: “It provides a wonderful opportunity to share in a true community environment while learning about public policy issues."

The event will take place at Fairfax County Government Center http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.giffrom 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fairfax County Chairman Sharon Bulova, former Supervisor of Braddock District (1988-2009), is the confirmed keynote speaker. Other invited elected officials include U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner, U.S. Representative Gerry Connolly (VA-11) and Members of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia. To RSVP, please e-mail AAAdvocacyDay2011@gmail.com by August 4.

The event is free and open to the public, thanks to the sponhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifsorships of APABA-Va. as well as of Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Company. The event is organized in partnerships with the Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce, Asian American Home ownership Counseling, Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians, Office of Citizenship – USCIS, General Counsel of the Richmond City Sheriff's Office, Fairfax County Police Department, James Madison University, Skill Source Office in Fairfax, and Virginia Sierra Club in Great Falls. To be a partner in this Community Day, please email: AAAdvocacyDay2011@gmail.com.

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The mission of Voice of Vietnamese Americans is to empower Vietnamese Americans by promoting civic engagement through community organizing and capacity building. Established in 2009, VVA is currently operating in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC, with liaisons in California, and Texas.

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