Becky Belcore is co-Director of NAKASEC as of Oct 21 2018. She has served as the Program Manager of the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund, a national initiative that supports the year round civic engagement efforts of Asian American organizations, and an independent consultant for community-based organizations and foundations in the greater Chicago area. Becky holds a B.A. from Smith College and an A.D. in Nursing from Truman College. She previously worked as Lead Program Officer for the Woods Fund Chicago where she coordinated grantmaking and special projects. Becky also spent 15 years as a community and labor organizer. She has served as the Executive Director of the Korean American Resource and Cultural Center (KRCC), the Midwest Regional Coordinator for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and is a co-founder and member of the Adoptee Rights Campaign.
Fighting 'Public Charge' Regulation
Becky Belcore was featured in a video posted on Twitter by Asian Americans Advancing Justice requesting viewers to fight against proposed rule by the Trump Administration that would not give citizenship to individuals on welfare. "Public Charge" is defined as "an individual who is likely to become primarily dependent on the government for subsistence."
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AAPI defend DACA
On August 31 2017, numerous Asian advocacy groups (AAPI groups) organized in front of the White House to advocate for illegal immigration:
- "Leaders from national Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations will gather in support of immigrants to urge President Trump to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The president has threatened to end the program, which would put approximately 800,000 young people at risk of losing their ability to get an education, work and contribute to their communities.
WHO: DACA Beneficiaries
- Becky Belcore, Co-Director, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
- Quyen Dinh, NCAPA Chair and Executive Director, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
- John Yang, President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC
- Kham Moua, NCAPA Immigration Committee Co-Chair and Associate Director of Policy and Advocacy, OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates
- Alvina Yeh, Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)
- David Inoue, Executive Director, Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
- Jason Tengco, Executive Director, National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA)
- Lakshmi Sridaran, Director of National Policy & Advocacy, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
- "Korean American Communities Applaud Passage of House Resolution Supporting Redress for Former Comfort Women
- "JOINT STATEMENT ON THE UNANIMOUS BIPARTISAN PASSAGE OFHOUSE RESOLUTION 121 By:
- "(Los Angeles, CA) House Resolution 121, introduced by Representative Mike Honda (D – CA), states that Japan should formally acknowledge, apologize, and accept historical responsibility in a clear and unequivocal manner, refute any claims that the issue of comfort women never occurred, and educate current and future generations “about this horrible crime while following the recommendations of the international community with respect to the ‘comfort women’.” Korean American communities are overjoyed with the news.
- "In 2001, Representative Lane Evans (D – IL) introduced the first ever resolution to address comfort women redress. Present on that day to announce the bill’s introduction was the late Soon Duck Kim, former comfort woman and a leading spokesperson from the House of Sharing (collective home for former comfort women based in Kwangju, Korea). Since that historic moment, Rep. Lane Evans and later Rep. Mike Honda have tenaciously re-introduced similar resolutions. After six years, H. Res. 121’s passage brings the former comfort women one step closer to justice.
- "About Comfort Women: During WWII, 300,000 women and girls were systematically raped and tortured by the Japanese military. 80% of the women were from Korea. Only 25% are estimated to have survived. Those who lived were often unable to return home out of shame and have lived a life of severe mental and physical trauma. For decades now former comfort women have shared spoken out demanding justice. But despite growing international pressure, Japan has refused to acknowledge its moral and legal responsibility, even omitting facts about wartime atrocities, including sexual slavery, from school textbooks."