Press Release: 09/06/2016 NAKASEC Supports ARC in Postcard Campaign

For Immediate Release:

September 6, 2016
Contact: Emily Kessel, eakessel@nakasec.org, 703-256-2208

NAKASEC Supports ARC in Launching the

Family Is More Than DNA Postcard Campaign

#CitizenshipForAllAdoptees

ANNANDALE, VIRGINIA— On September 6th, the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) joined the Adoptee Rights Campaign (ARC) to launch the Family is More than DNA Postcard Campaign organizing nationwide support for the Adoptee Citizenship Act (ACA). Adoptees, adoptive parents, community-based organizations, religious institutions, and the broader community are encouraged to join the movement by signing postcards in-person and online. The postcards urge Congress to support and prioritize remedying an issue that has plagued the adoptee community for decades; that a significant number of international adoptees lack U.S. citizenship

Autumn W., an adoptee residing in Arizona and the ARC State Contact for Arizona and Iowa,

said: “Lawmakers need to recognize the Adoptee Citizenship Act as a positive solution. By using legislative action, lawmakers assure those adopted by U.S. citizen parents from other countries that without doubt, they belong among their fellow Americans for a brighter future.”

As an adoptee you spend your entire life trying to find your place in this world and feel a sense of belonging. Not having citizenship has felt so alienating and downright frightening,” said Lisa, an adoptee in California.The compassion of people standing in solidarity with adoptees touches my heart. Each signed postcard gives adoptees, like me, hope that someday soon we will no longer be invisible and afraid, but living life as we should be… as citizens of this great country. I implore everyone to give all impacted adoptees their voice and their rightful place in this country by supporting the Adoptee Citizenship Act.”

Executive Director of NAKASEC Dae Joong Yoon said: “We are proud to join the adoptee-led movement that seeks justice for the thousands of intercountry adoptees without U.S. citizenship. These adoptees came as children and many now have children of their own. There are adoptees struggling to support their families, find or keep their jobs, cover legal fees to uncover why they are not citizens, and are subject to being detained or deported to a country they do not even remember. The loophole in the CCA should have been addressed decades ago. We urge Congress to do its job now by granting these individuals what was promised by the U.S. government, sending countries, and adoption agencies: U.S. citizenship.

Many adoptees are unaware they lack citizenship putting them at great risk. They are denied financial aid, home loans, public services, passports and voting privileges. They are in danger of being deported to a country without known family, unable to speak the language, in an unfamiliar culture and face great hardships.  An estimated 30-40 Korean Americans adoptees were deported back to Korea.

The Family is More than DNA Postcard Campaign will educate and organize support for the Adoptee Citizenship Act, a bipartisan bill introduced into the Judiciary Committees for both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, granting retroactive U.S. citizenship to all internationally adopted individuals regardless of when they were adopted. Beginning September 6th, adoptee leaders in 15 states will ask thousands of community members to sign postcards for future delivery to U.S. Members of Congress urging that the bill pass this year. These states include: Arizona, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

To Support the Adoptee Citizenship Act:

  1. Sign postcard individually and/or endorse as an organization and/or join an action AND share.
  2. Call (or write to) your Senators and Representatives expressing your support for the ACA
  3. Donate to support the ACA work: bit.ly/donateACA (Please write “Adoptee Citizenship” in memo box)

To sign postcards electronically, please use the following link: bit.ly/Postcard4ACA. To find an event happening near you, please email adopteedefense@gmail.com and write “Postcard Event” and your state in the subject title.

For more information, please visit www.adopteerightscampaign.org or email ARC at adopteedefense@gmail.com


National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC)

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Founded in 1994, the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)’s mission is to organize Korean and Asian Americans to achieve social, economic, and racial justice.  NAKASEC maintains offices in Annandale, Virginia and Los Angeles, California. NAKASEC has affiliates in Chicago (Korean American Resource & Cultural Center) and Los Angeles and Orange County (Korean Resource Center).

Adoptee Rights Campaign (ARC)

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Created by group of intercountry adoptees and allies that formed a coast to coast coalition to support and advance the rights of adoptees, the Adoptee Rights Campaign (ARC)’s purpose is to educate, organize and advocate for adoptee and human rights. These rights include, but are not limited to: automatic citizenship in the receiving country, adoption information, birth family information, health history, and safe and healthy adoption placements.