Wednesday, November 30, 2011
VVA Press Contact: Vel Hernandez
Asian American Appreciation Day to Honor Attorney Tony Pham
for Efforts in Public Safety
Local, state and national leaders to be recognized at Dec. 3 event
FAIRFAX, Va. (Nov. 30) – Asian American Appreciation Day, hosted by Voice of Vietnamese Americans in coalition with other local organizations on December 3, will recognize attorney Tony Pham for his efforts in bringing much needed attention to public safety and crime prevention.
Mr. Pham, who is the immediate past president of Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia (APABA-VA), rallied local police departments in Fairfax and Richmond, Va. and brought to their attention the recent trends of crimes involving Asian American victims, including the unsolved murder case of Vanessa Pham (no relation). He will be receiving the Leader in Public Safety Award.
“Over the past years, our community has regrettably been inflicted with an alarming rate of violent crimes involving AAPI victims,” Genie Nguyen, VVA President, said. “We are extremely grateful for Mr. Pham’s tireless work. His efforts in making public safety a priority have made lasting impacts on our community, and as we continue to support him in his tremendous endeavors, we deeply thank him.”
Mr. Pham, who is currently General Counsel of Richmond City Sherriff’s Office, successfully secured the participation of several Fairfax County Police Department officials and helped organize a compelling Public Safety presentation at VVA’s Asian American Community Advocacy and Resource Day, which over 100 local residents attended. FCPD Detective Robert Bond spoke about the ongoing criminal investigation into the murder of Vanessa Pham, 19, who was killed last summer in Fairfax. Other officials presented crime and gang prevention tips.
Earlier this year at the 2011 Vietnamese American Youth Leadership Conference organized by National Congress of Vietnamese Americans and supported by VVA, Mr. Pham participated as a panelist and talked to dozens of young Vietnamese Americans about public safety and his line of work as an attorney.
Other award honorees at the Dec. 3 event include U.S. Senator Jim Webb, U.S. Senator Mark Warner, Congressman Gerry Connolly, and other elected leaders and community advocates at the state and local levels. Please see the below for the full list of award honorees. The event is free and open to the public.
“The increasing challenges our people facing daily have illuminated the stellar leadership Virginians in Fairfax enjoy, and we are very grateful,” said Genie Nguyen, VVA President. “We are thankful for leadership by Senator Jim Webb, Senator Mark Warner, many state senators, state delegates and county leaders as well as the countless community advocates who have worked hard all year long to protect the diverse interests of Virginians.”
Asian American Appreciation Day
December 3, 2011 – 10:00 am – 03:00pm
Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035
The event is hosted by Voice of Vietnamese Americans, in coalition with many other local Asian Americans
and civic engagement organizations. Please join us to honor our leaders from the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Leader in Foreign Affairs:
The Honorable Jim Webb, U.S. Senator from Virginia
Leader in Jobs and Economic Development:
The Honorable Mark Warner, U.S. Senator from Virginia
Leader in Health Care and Education:
The Honorable Gerry Connolly, U.S. Congressman from Virginia*
Leader in Human Rights Advocacy:
The Honorable Frank Wolf, U.S. Congressman from Virginia
Cultural and Diversity Leader:
Reme Grefalda, the Library of Congress, Asian Division, APA Collection
Legislative Leaders in the Commonwealth of Virginia:
The Honorable Janet Howell, State Senator (VA-32)
The Honorable Vivian Watts, State Delegate (VA-39)*
Best County Management Leader in the Commonwealth of Virginia:
The Honorable Sharon Bulova, Chairman of Fairfax County Board of Supervisors*
Mason District Best Leader:
Supervisor Penelope A. Gross
Asian American Chamber of Commerce
Ilryong Moon, Member of Fairfax County School Board, At-Large
Sandy Evans, Member of Fairfax County School Board, Mason District
Tony Pham, General Counsel, Richmond City Sheriff’s Office
Youth Training Leader:
The Vietnamese Youth Education Association
Christine Chen - APIA Vote
Kevin Simowitz - Virginia Organizing