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Apply to become a Commissioner!

Apply to become a Commissioner!

Join us to advance the needs of the Asian American community in the Commonwealth! Applications to become a Commissioner accepted August 1 – September 16. If you submitted an application and were not selected in the previous years, you must resubmit it to be considered. […]

4th Annual AAPI Civil Rights Forum

4th Annual AAPI Civil Rights Forum

Save the date for our 4th Annual AAPI Civil Rights Forum on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at the Federal Reserve Plaza in Boston, MA!

AAPI Non-Profit Panel

AAPI Non-Profit Panel

Mission: to inform the AAPI community of national non-profit organizations working toward the advancement of AAPI objectives in the United States and internationally.  

Moderator

Czara Anne S. Venegas, J.D. , Judicial Law Clerk, US Board of Veterans Appeals, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington DC

Czara is a recent law May 2018 graduate from New England | Law Boston, where she was President of the Women’s Law Caucus, Co-Founder of the Mental Health Alliance, and Secretary of the Asian American Pacific Law Students Association. Prior to law school, Czara was a public policy analyst for Texas State Senator Leticia Van De Putte, the first Latina legislator of Texas.  After law school, Czara accepted a two-year post-grad appointment with the Board of Veterans Appeals in Washington DC.  Czara received her B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she was President of Phi Alpha Delta, Co-Founder of the ACLU Student Chapter, and a McCLendon Legislative Fellow.

Panelists

Kim Aquino, MPH,
Co-Founder & Co-Director of Social Justice, AAMPLIFY

Kim Aquino is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of Social Justice at AAMPLIFY. AAMPLIFY is a San Francisco-based education and charitable non-profit dedicated to promoting AAPI leaders in public service. AAMPLIFY is a community building program directed towards engaging low-income and first-generation AAPI high school students in learning more about advocacy, leadership, and social justice. Additionally, Kim is a first-year student and Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellow at Brooklyn Law School; he hopes to explore the legal and policy implications that lie within the intersection of health equity and civil rights, particularly within minority communities. Kim received his B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio and his MPH from Johns Hopkins.


Jennifer Coliflores, Esq., Secretary, Board of Directors, FYLPRO

Jennifer serves as the Secretary for the Board of Directors for the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), a non-profit organization of high-performing, high-generation leaders that have a passion for advancing the Philippines and the Filipino people.  Jennifer in alumnae of the 2013 FYLPRO class. 

Additionally, Jennifer is a staff attorney with the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services Public Defender Division. She also serves as a volunteer and vice president for the Massachusetts Youth Leadership Foundation Board of Directors. She is active in the Fil-Am community in the New England area and is the elected Vice-Chairwoman for the Philippine-American Mainstream Advocacy for Nonpartisan Associations (PAMANA). Jennifer received her J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island and her B.A. from Colby College in Waterville, Maine where she founded the Colby Filipino Club.

Closing

Closing

Wingkay Leung got involved in the Asian community many years ago from a cultural perspective. His wife, Winnie, loves to sing Chinese Opera. Wingkay, with an engineering background, felt into the role of the sound equipment “expert” for the Que Shing Chinese Music and Opera […]

Complimentary Breakfast and Registration

Complimentary Breakfast and Registration

Welcome Address

Welcome Address

Kenneth An is the Director of the Boston Area Office of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). At the EEOC, Kenneth has conducted outreach with the Asian-American community and eliminated discriminatory job advertisements in Chinese newspapers that were circulated nationally. Kenneth has sat […]

A Multi-Agency Perspective on Human Trafficking

A Multi-Agency Perspective on Human Trafficking

Brandy Donini-Melanson is the Strategic Engagement and Law Enforcement Coordinator (LEC) and secondary spokesperson at the U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the District of Massachusetts where she has worked since 2008.  One of her key responsibilities is to establish and maintain communication between federal, state, […]

Worker’s Rights in the Workplace

Worker’s Rights in the Workplace

What protections do you have in the workplace and who do you call if you need help?  This presentation will give you a brief overview of three federal enforcement agencies-Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA), Wage and Hour Division (WH), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the statutes each agency enforces.  Worker safety, wage protection and pay obligations by your employer, and how to determine if you have experienced discrimination in the workplace will be the focal point of the session. 

Moderator

Patricia Collarosi

Patty Colarossi started with the US Department of Labor /Wage and Hour Division in 1990. Ms. Colarossi worked as an Investigator and remained in that role until August 2011. Ms. Colarossi is currently serving as the Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist for the Boston District Office. This role within Wage and Hour is to help assist with sustaining Wage and Hour compliance by providing educational outreach and support to employers, employees, and various organizations that have an interest in Wage and Hour issues. Ms. Colarossi has been the recipient of many Secretary Exceptional Achievement Awards as well as being named Wage and Hour Employee of the Year in 2002 and 2004. Ms. Colarossi has a BS degree in Education from Springfield College.

Panelists

Anthony PIno

Anthony Pino, Enforcement Supervisor is an eight -year veteran of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Boston Area Office. Anthony started with the Commission in December of 2009 as an investigator and was promoted to Enforcement Supervisor in October of 2014. Anthony has an extensive military and law enforcement background. He served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, Deputy Sheriff for Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Air Marshal and served as an adjunct hand to hand combat instructor for the agency, and Police officer with the Department of Veterans Affairs.   Anthony has experience investigating complex, systemic, pattern and practice and class cases for the EEOC. Anthony has received many awards during his tenure with the EEOC to include but not limited to, the District Directors Award and Sustained Performance Awards.


Peter Barletta, OSHA

Peter Barletta is the current “Compliance Assistance Specialist” from the Boston South OSHA Office in Braintree MA, providing technical assistance, outreach and training to OSHA stakeholders and the public through the development of alliances, partnerships, and cooperative programs.   From 2004 to 2014 he was the Assistant Area Director for the OSHA Braintree Office, supervising OSHA Compliance Officers. He also spent 14 years in the field as an OSHA Compliance Officer conducting inspections and accident investigations on various construction and general industry sites including Boston Central Artery Construction Projects and Deer Island Tunnel Projects. Education holds a Master Degree from Suffolk University Boston’s (MPA) Program, a Civil Engineering Degree (BSCE) from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a graduate from Boston Latin High School.  He is a Certified Safety Specialist (CSP), and Engineering in Training Certificate (EIT). Mr. Barletta is also an active member of the American Society of Safety Engineer’s Boston Chapter.

AAPI and Health Disparities Consciousness

AAPI and Health Disparities Consciousness

Moderator Dr. Choi has previously served as both Vice Chairperson and Chairperson of the AAC, during her Commissioner tenure. She is currently the Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee of the AAC. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, and […]