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Press Statement: NAKASEC Opens D.C. Office

By September 18, 2008No Comments

For immediate release

September 18, 2008

Contact: Sookyung Oh, 267.334.5918 /

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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Springing from centers of immigrant organizing across the United States, the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) opened its new D.C. office in early September 2008, just three weeks before the NAKASEC annual dinner in Chicago on September 19.

NAKASEC projects a national progressive voice on civil rights and immigrant rights issues to promote the full participation of Korean Americans in American society. The organization develops policy advocacy goals and educational products. NAKASEC coordinates results-oriented national, grassroots campaigns that are informed by its participation in national strategy formations and directed by the leadership of our affiliates.

“The opening of the D.C. office marks as an important step for our organization’s growth,” stated Board Chair Julie Kil Joo Lee Kurumada. “Since its founding in 1994 through the present moment, NAKASEC is changing the tide for immigrants.”

“From immigration reform to health access, a consistent presence in D.C. forwards NAKASEC’s contribution on issues we care about,” stated executive director EunSook Lee from NAKASEC’s Los Angeles National Office.

As the D.C. Director, Hemi Kim will represent the organization and deepen collaborative work with its current coalitions, legislators, and other national and D.C.-based organizations. Ms. Kim has worked in immigrant and health policy advocacy and analysis at the Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, and the Korean American Coalition, D.C. Chapter. Born in Brazil, Ms. Kim was raised in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Contact information for NAKASEC’s D.C. office:
1536 U Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Phone: (202) 339-9318 / Fax: (202) 387-4893


NAKASEC was founded in 1994 by local community centers seeking to empower and improve the lives of Korean Americans, as a part of a greater goal of building a national movement for social change. Our affiliates provide programs in education, social services, culture, civic engagement and organizing that address the full human & political needs of community members.