Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Attorney Tony Pham is recognized as Leader in Public Safety at the Asian American Appreciation Day on Dec 3 in Fairfax - Virginia

Press Release

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
VVA Press Contact:
Vel Hernandez
(703) 362-7873

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.”

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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.


Award Honorees

Congressional Leaders:

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)*
The Honorable Mark Keam, State Delegate (VA-35)*

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

Business Leaders:

Asian American Chamber of Commerce
Asian Real Estate Association of America, DC Metro Chapter

Education Leaders:

Ilryong Moon, Member of Fairfax County School Board, At-Large

Sandy Evans, Member of Fairfax County School Board, Mason District

Public Safety Leader:

Tony Pham, General Counsel, Richmond City Sheriff’s Office

Youth Training Leader:

The Vietnamese Youth Education Association


Advocacy Leaders:

Christine Chen - APIA Vote

Kevin Simowitz - Virginia Organizing
Vel Hernandez - Voice of Vietnamese Americans


*
Denotes confirmed attendance among elected officials. More to come.


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