NAKASEC was founded by local Korean community-based organizations from across the United States. These organizations felt the need for a strong, progressive voice that could impact federal policy and build a national movement.

NAKASEC remains strongly connected with and informed by the local groups that originally formed us.

Our affiliates are: MinKwon Center for Community Action (New York), Woori Center (Pennsylvania), NAKASEC VA (Virginia), HANA Center (Illinois) and Korean Resource Center (California). We also have a new chapter forming in Houston, TX!

Our Affiliates serve as our channel to learn more about the issues impacting our community members at the grassroots level. This local to national channel directly informs NAKASEC’s national campaigns, policy agenda, and other projects.

Learn more about their work by reading on below:

HANA Center

Launched in February 2017, the HANA Center of greater Chicago is a merger of Korean American Community Services (KACS, founded 1972) and Korean American Resource and Cultural Center (KRCC, founded 1995). Meaning “one” in Korean, HANA Center is the culmination of a vision held by key stakeholders of KRCC and KACS. These leaders recognized the potential of establishing a single, united organization that combined KACS’ rapid/quick/urgent response to the critical needs of the Korean American and local resident communities and KRCC’s powerful community organizing, advocacy, and celebration of cultural heritage. Visit their website by clicking here.

MinKwon Center

Established in 1984, The MinKwon Center for Community Action empowers the Korean American community and works with the wider Asian American and immigrant communities to achieve economic and social justice for all. We envision a just and equitable society where all people can live in harmony, dream and achieve their full potential.


NAKASEC began working with community members in Northern Virginia in 2012, soon after the announcement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Current programs and campaigns are centered around Immigrant Rights, Civic Engagement, Youth Leadership Development, and Community Services. Visit their page here!

For more information, contact:

All staff can also be contacted 703-256-2208.

Woori Center

Founded in 2019, Woori Center’s mission is to organize multi-generational Korean and Asian Americans to provide a forum for education and understanding within the immigrant community, access to services, promote discussion of diverse ideas, cultures and perspectives, and provide a voice for the immigrant and low-income community. Meaning “us” or “we” in Korean, Woori Center runs programs in five key areas: community organizing & advocacy, civic engagement, youth leadership, immigrant services, and arts & culture. Working in these key areas, Woori Center aims to help its community members put in daily practices that echo the values of the Center’s national organization, NAKASEC: Live Right, Live Strong, Know Your Roots, and Live Together. Woori Center engages community members in the Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery and Chester Counties and will do our best to assist Korean and Asian American community requests statewide.


Learn more about Woori Center by clicking here. Also, follow Woori Center on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@wooricenter).