DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs

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Executive Office of the Mayor
Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs

Created in 1987, the Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs was part of the Executive Office of the Mayor until October 2001, when it became an independent agency through DC Act 14-85, "District of Columbia's Asian and Pacific Islander Community Development Act 2000."

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05/08/2021

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As the first Asian American to fly in space, Ellison Onizuka was a trail blazer who inspired many. In light of #AAPIHM, dive into Onizuka’s amazing journey with NASA in this Google Arts & Culture feature: https://go.nasa.gov/3uzeEBq

05/08/2021

This week we released updated numbers from our reporting center. 6,303 hate incidents in the United States were reported to us from March 19, 2020 to March 31, 2021. The number of hate incidents reported to our center increased significantly during March 2021, corresponding with an increase in national attention to anti-Asian hate. These new reports include incidents that took place in both 2020 and 2021.

Of the 6,603 incident reports we have received, 4,193 occurred in 2020 and 2,410 occurred in 2021.
👉 Physical assaults increased from 10.2% of reported incidents in 2020 to 16.7% in 2021.
👉 Online hate incidents increased from 5.6% in 2020 to 10.2% in 2021.
👉 Incident reports involving AAPI seniors (61 years and older) increased from 6.3% in 2020 to 7.0% in 2021.

Read the full report at: https://stopaapihate.org/national-report-through-march-2021/

And join us on Tuesday May 11 for a free event, where we will discuss this data and our coalition's plans: A Path Forward: A Virtual Roundtable with Stop AAPI Hate

In celebration of #AAPIHM , enjoy DC Public Library’s great reads for kids and families. Check them out with your librar...
05/08/2021

In celebration of #AAPIHM , enjoy DC Public Library’s great reads for kids and families. Check them out with your library card. ow.ly/8B5h50EGzLP

In celebration of #AAPIHM , enjoy DC Public Library’s great reads for kids and families. Check them out with your library card. ow.ly/8B5h50EGzLP

DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs Director Ben De Guzman and Washington DC Mayor's Office of Veter...
05/08/2021

DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs Director Ben De Guzman and Washington DC Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs Director Elliot Tommingo at Washington Convention Center giving out temporary tattoos and flower bouquets for residents who come get #VaxedForMom. 💜 💐

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend! #TakeTheShotDC #VaxedForDad

Ahead of Mother’s Day, join us today at any of our walk-up sites to receive free flowers for mom! You can also get #Vaxe...
05/08/2021

Ahead of Mother’s Day, join us today at any of our walk-up sites to receive free flowers for mom! You can also get #VaxedForMom or #VaxedForDad temporary tats ❤️

Check wait times at coronavirus.dc.gov/dontwait

Here are today's walk-up vaccination sites and testing sites.Preregister for testing sites at coronavirus.dc.gov/registe...
05/08/2021

Here are today's walk-up vaccination sites and testing sites.

Preregister for testing sites at coronavirus.dc.gov/register
More vaccination opportunities: vaccines.gov

Vaccines & tests are both FREE.

#DCHOPE

Today, DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs and DC's Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Developme...
05/08/2021
Chinese Tea Shop Owner Shows Resilience After Being Attacked

Today, DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs and DC's Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Developmentcelebrated #AAPIHM and #SmallBusinessWeek at ValleyBrook, LLC to discuss DC's cultural diversity and encouraged our local business community to apply for the U.S. Small Business Administration #RestaurantRevitalizationFund over a cup of tea!

A Chinese tea shop owner who was pepper-sprayed by a stranger in November is moving forward despite challenges.

05/07/2021

16- & 17-year-olds can now get vaccinated at walk-up sites and pharmacies across DC.

05/07/2021

Tea, especially from China, is one of the world's oldest and best beverages. It has a rich history enjoyed globally, making it one of China's most renowned exports.

To celebrate #AAPIHM and #AAPIHMinDC, DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs proudly present "Discovering the Art of Tea," with ValleyBrook, LLC.

Take a look as we learn the intricate process of how to "fully" appreciate its quality!

Today, DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs and DC's Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Developme...
05/07/2021

Today, DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs and DC's Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development celebrated #AAPIHM and #SmallBusinessWeek at ValleyBrook, LLC to discuss DC's cultural diversity and encouraged our local business community to apply for the U.S. Small Business Administration #RestaurantRevitalizationFund over a cup of tea!

05/07/2021

DC Mayor's Office of Women's Policy & Initiatives Director Jennifer Porter & the Mayor’s Office on Fathers, Men and Boys Director Jason Wallace on Fox 5 DC to speak about each of the six vaccine walk-up sites that will provide free flowers & plants.

Throughout May, sites will give out “Vaxed for Mom” & “Vaxed for Dad” temporary tattoos.

Here are today's walk-up vaccination sites and testing sites.Preregister for testing sites at coronavirus.dc.gov/registe...
05/07/2021

Here are today's walk-up vaccination sites and testing sites.

Preregister for testing sites at coronavirus.dc.gov/register
More vaccination opportunities: vaccines.gov

Vaccines & tests are both FREE.

#DCHOPE

Are you unable to leave your home and would like to receive a COVID-19 vaccine? Call 1-855-363-0333. Coronavirus.dc.gov/...
05/06/2021

Are you unable to leave your home and would like to receive a COVID-19 vaccine? Call 1-855-363-0333. Coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccine

The DC Infrastructure Academy will host a panel discussion to address the underrepresentation of women of color in the s...
05/06/2021

The DC Infrastructure Academy will host a panel discussion to address the underrepresentation of women of color in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) profession.

The DC Infrastructure Academy will host a panel discussion to address the underrepresentation of women of color in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) profession.

🍺We’ll see you from 4-8 pm at Victura Park at the REACH! No appointment necessary.
05/06/2021

🍺We’ll see you from 4-8 pm at Victura Park at the REACH! No appointment necessary.

🍺We’ll see you from 4-8 pm at Victura Park at the REACH! No appointment necessary.

Here are today's walk-up vaccination sites and testing sites.Preregister for testing sites at coronavirus.dc.gov/registe...
05/06/2021

Here are today's walk-up vaccination sites and testing sites.

Preregister for testing sites at coronavirus.dc.gov/register
More vaccination opportunities: vaccines.gov

Vaccines & tests are both FREE.

#DCHOPE

Today, Washington Metropolitan Police Dept.’s  Special Liaison Branch & @dcmoapia held an outreach event on Minnesota Av...
05/06/2021

Today, Washington Metropolitan Police Dept.’s Special Liaison Branch & @dcmoapia held an outreach event on Minnesota Ave, SE, to talk with residents & provide public safety information!👍

05/05/2021

DC Health, in partnership with The Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs, will host a vaccination clinic for DC residents at Masjid Muhammad, on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8. Please call 202-483-8832 to register.

A special COVID-19 vaccination clinic is available for District residents experiencing homelessness. 🗓️&📍May 4 - 27, 202...
05/05/2021

A special COVID-19 vaccination clinic is available for District residents experiencing homelessness.

🗓️&📍May 4 - 27, [email protected] 490 1st Street NW

⏰Open Tuesday and Thursday - 9 AM to 2 PM

Pre-registration is NOT required.

🙏Please share and see photo for more details.

A special COVID-19 vaccination clinic is available for District residents experiencing homelessness.

🗓️&📍May 4 - 27, [email protected] 490 1st Street NW

⏰Open Tuesday and Thursday - 9 AM to 2 PM

Pre-registration is NOT required.

🙏Please share and see photo for more details.

Come get vaccinated and grab a beer, on us, to enjoy what looks to be a beautiful Thursday! 🍻We’ll see you from 4-8 pm a...
05/05/2021

Come get vaccinated and grab a beer, on us, to enjoy what looks to be a beautiful Thursday!

🍻We’ll see you from 4-8 pm at The Reach at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts No appointment necessary.

Come get vaccinated and grab a beer, on us, to enjoy what looks to be a beautiful Thursday!

🍻We’ll see you from 4-8 pm at The Reach at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts No appointment necessary.

Here are today's walk-up vaccination sites and testing sites.Preregister for testing sites at coronavirus.dc.gov/registe...
05/05/2021

Here are today's walk-up vaccination sites and testing sites.

Preregister for testing sites at coronavirus.dc.gov/register
More vaccination opportunities: vaccines.gov

Vaccines & tests are both FREE.

#DCHOPE

05/04/2021

Stay tuned as DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs recognizes our DC AAPI community for AAPI Heritage month! We will post weekly videos that will focus on how our AAPI community embodies our DC Values and what makes the District unique to our AAPI residents! http://bit.ly/3vdKHqv
#AAPIHM #AAPIHeritageMonth #aapiindc

Join us during #SmallBusinessWeek at the Sandlot Southeast for a virtual conversation on the importance of investing in ...
05/04/2021

Join us during #SmallBusinessWeek at the Sandlot Southeast for a virtual conversation on the importance of investing in pathways for small business growth. We will also be announcing the FY21 DC LEAF grantees & Export DC program participants.

Join us during #SmallBusinessWeek at the Sandlot Southeast for a virtual conversation on the importance of investing in pathways for small business growth. We will also be announcing the FY21 DC LEAF grantees & Export DC program participants.

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, today's #GoogleDoodle honors Japanese-American short story author His...
05/04/2021

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, today's #GoogleDoodle honors Japanese-American short story author Hisaye Yamamoto 📖

A resilient voice for her community, she overcame great adversity to share her story with the 🌎 #AAPIHeritageMonth #AAPIHM

Read more → goo.gle/3nKAqiZ

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, today's #GoogleDoodle honors Japanese-American short story author Hisaye Yamamoto 📖

A resilient voice for her community, she overcame great adversity to share her story with the 🌎 #AAPIHeritageMonth #AAPIHM

Read more → goo.gle/3nKAqiZ

05/04/2021

Not all heroes wear capes. Thank a teacher!
#notallheroeswearcapes

Here are today's walk-up vaccination sites and testing sites.Preregister for testing sites at coronavirus.dc.gov/registe...
05/04/2021

Here are today's walk-up vaccination sites and testing sites.

Preregister for testing sites at coronavirus.dc.gov/register
More vaccination opportunities: vaccines.gov

Vaccines & tests are both FREE.

#DCHOPE

Timeline Photos
05/03/2021

Timeline Photos

𝗧𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗮𝘆! SBA will begin accepting #RestaurantRevitalizationFund applications through the application portal starting at 12pm ET. The application portal will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.

If you haven't yet, register for an application portal account at https://restaurants.sba.gov. If you are working with
Square or Toast, Inc., you don't need to register.

🔗 For a sample application, user guide, and more go to: https://www.sba.gov/restaurants
☎️ For additional help with your application, call: 1-844-279-8898

Do you have outstanding tickets for parking, photo enforcement, and minor moving violations? Mayor Bowser has launched a...
05/03/2021

Do you have outstanding tickets for parking, photo enforcement, and minor moving violations? Mayor Bowser has launched a four-month amnesty program from June 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021, giving you a chance to pay them without penalty.

Learn more at ticketamnesty.dc.gov.

Do you have outstanding tickets for parking, photo enforcement, and minor moving violations? Mayor Bowser has launched a four-month amnesty program from June 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021, giving you a chance to pay them without penalty.

Learn more at ticketamnesty.dc.gov.

05/03/2021

Address

441 4th St NW, Ste 721N
Washington D.C., DC
20001

Metro: Judiciary Square - 4th Street Exit (Red Line)

General information

OAPIA organizes and facilitates public and private programs on public safety, human rights, economic development, housing, employment, social services, public health, transportation, education, and multicultural development to ensure accessibility for the District’s AAPI community. OAPIA is the liaison between the District government and the AAPI community. English page: www.facebook.com/dcoapia Chinese page: www.facebook.com/dcoapiachinese Vietnamese page: www.facebook.com/dcoapiavietnamese Korean page: www.facebook.com/dcoapiakorean

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(202) 727-3120

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😈The Medellin Cartel kids😈 My name is Dennis Homer Love Jr. As a child in the 1980s I became the first underaged person recognized by the United States government for helping efforts involving the CIA during the Ronald Reagan presidency. Many other kids were recognized after me, but it seems there efforts were not life threatening as mine were. I was privileged to work with or along side of some of Stephen Shaffer's clandestine work involving such people as Barry Seal, Pablo Escobar, Manuel Noriega, Oliver North and South American people that were to be used in an army that would take over locations in various South American countries and create a new country governed by democracy that ultimately would be backed by the USA. Turns out it was a clandestine tactic used to trick Pablo into giving up all his cartel locations used in producing and smuggling co***ne and other durgs into the United States. The CIA got as much information as possible and the executed an airstrike destroying all the locations they knew of with the U. S. Navy from an aircraft carrier off of Peru. Of course under the permission of then president Ronald Reagan. Setting Pablo's co***ne industry back but not out of commission. During all the time I was involved I ended up getting left in South America for a more extended time than planned on. Long story short when I was finally brought back to America by my pastor Fred J Foster he dropped me off on a well known military base in Louisiana called Barks Dale Air Force Base. Truns out I had body parts and military documents of interest to national security at the time. Not really what anyone would call secret but compromising documents of military interest to say the least. I guess you could call me at that time a very patriotic kid as far as believing in the United States of America and as a man I still do. Go Air Force. When I was a child in grammar school Stephen Shaffer of the CIA came and got me one day at Central Elementary School of Calhoun Louisiana. He took me to Mena Arkansas on Barry Seals land where there was a private airport. There was South Americans there who where training with the CIA learning military tactics for a war that never really got fought. Pablo Escobar flew in on a Cessna and Stephen and I where to fly down to Colombia South America to take pictures of the Medellin cartel's durg production. Stephen didn't trust Pablo and thought he would have a better chance at coming back with a kid going along. I had previously met Pablo at Mena with Barry Seal and other CIA and FBI officials. I was there with the boss of the water service company my dad worked for. We where there in Mena delivering a pressure tank to improve the water pressure on Barry Seals land. While in Colombia I met hundreds of kids South Americans staying on the cartels housing. Despite the horrible condition of drug slavery to Pablo Escobar. The South Americans that he had in his control actually had a better from of life with his cartel than they would on there on. However the majority of the drug slaves started out as bought or given from there parents four to five year olds that were kept in cartel housing consisting of a large building for shelter on top of a southern Colombian Mt top. That had dirt floor and a kitchen of sorts were they would make fresh tortilla chips and other simple but wonderful tasting food. It wasn't hard for it to be wonderful because that's all they had. Most all of the boys and girls there were skinny but they had a sick notion of death that is how they embraced looking at it. They were not scared of death as American kids were. There religious views gave them this fascination with death but it was more of a respect than fascination. Despite this and the condition of slavery these kids had the best and most beautiful spirit and attitude towards life. They were very loving and caring kids not like you would find in America due only to environment. I do wish they could have had a chance at freedom in America like all the kids I grew up with. But picking coca leaves and co***ne production and transportation is what life had in-store for them. As long as they followed the rules and obeyed the cartel killers they had a pretty good life but not all of them would be lucky even ones that obeyed were killed at the whim of the cartel killers when the killers were trying to make an example or just horribly wasting lives. The kids grew up in this environment and they were tougher than you could imagine and each one worthy of the best love and environment any American kid has received and took for granted I'm sure. It was a time that happened and I was there as a witness in the late 1980s in Pablo Escobar's Medellin Cartel housing on top of a southern Colombian Mt top with in walking and viewing distance of the equator. Which is were a sacrificial pit was carved out of the Mt top and were the cartel would burn and destroy bodies from the organ harvesting that was just as big part of the cartel as the durgs were. There was s*x education there too. I know I'm not the only one who has went through this but I would guess people like me and my experiences in s*x this way are very few and far between. While in Colombia South America in the compound Pablo Escobar used to house his drug trade workers as a grammar school child I was having s*x with a Colombian woman and was almost at the peak of what a grammar school boy should have had for one of his first s*xual experiences when a cartel killer that had his mind on doing what he did the whole time came up and pulled his pistol out and shot the woman in the head while I was directly on top of her and her face that I was concentrating on suddenly became something that would scar me s*xually for the rest of my life with her precious smile turning in an instant to something that would horrify even the most mature. After this the cartel killer wasn't though messing with me and proceeded to cut her up exposing her internal organs and forcing me to help him cut her liver out completely whole without any unnecessary cutting of the liver as a strict punishment if I did. After removing her liver he took it to the kitchen were he proceeded to cut it up as if it were a piece of meat for the market. He fried it up and placed it on the table that evening for supper needless to say I had lost my appetite and did not desire to be around him for some time. The other killers kept criticising me and tried to boost my confidence until I finally got the courage to do the same thing to him I caught him on top of another woman and before he could react I shot his woman in the head the same way except I didn't have any interest in her liver and he showed me his respect from that day forward promising not to do it again as long as I promised the same. Some life lesson I had been forced to destroy something as beautiful as s*x by being exploited in death with the pull of a trigger needless to say I have a real hard time forming any kind of bond with a woman. Unfortunately it didn't stop there he noticed that I became very friendly with some mature young teenage Columbian boys that were working in the fields of coca trees and sleeping with them at night I formed a bond very quickly with one in particular that I grew a crush on and basically became his boyfriend and was sleeping with him every night one night weeks after the woman incident the cartel killer came up behind us and I could only think up he was choking him out while we were hooked up but as it turns out he didn't pass out his throat had been cut and I began to have the most tramadic s*xually experience of my life he fell limp on to my back and the other boys w told me he was dead but I couldn't believe it I was a child I had no reason to believe it. As his blood ran down my back as I attempted to stand up and kept calling out to him but he wouldn't respond the blood hit the floor with a heavyness that will never forget it sounded like the empting of a full bucket being poured out at once and sent me into a panic that took some of the other boys working together to calm me down long enough for another one to get him loose off of me because rigamortous had set in and I was screaming as I pulled him like a slay back and for over there blankets and them trying to get free convinced he wasn't dead because he wouldn't let go. Then once calmed down the cartel killers demanded that his body be throwed in the pit and only one boy stepped up and offered to help me. As we proceeded to get it over with on the way to the pit it became to difficult to carry him together and the boy decided it would be easier to finish cutting of his head that was hanging by very little and kept slinging back and forth on to his grip he had on him. He decided it was too much indeed for both of us and said if I would carry his head he would carry his torso the rest of the way. By the time I got to the pit I had become carzy temporarily because of all the stress and began to kiss his head crying and sobbing turning into laughing as I tried to push it out of my mind that it even happened. But as I went back and took a shower with the boy who helped me we went back to lay down on the floor to sleep and I realized that I would never really get over it or the women that had been killed and attribute that to my main difficulties forming a bond with any one I love. Having my only s*xual relationship with a friend who had a girlfriend and was just really putting me on feeling sorry for me though he never knew about my experiences in South America he would only help me out when I needed him the most and sadly in 2007 after he was having a break down of sorts he took his own life in front of me with a shotgun to the head I tried to get to him in time but he had already pulled the trigger and fell back I reached out to him only grasping a little of his body mass picking him up from the ground to hold him in my arms as I yelled into his face calling out his name he seemed to almost come to one last time and sincing that I was near as if he heard me his face began to smile then fade away into a motion less shattered version of it's original form. He spoke to me repeated before saying that his one wish in life was to kill himself in front of someone that really loved him I always thought he was kidding but it has been my experience in the past that there is never any joking around when su***de is concerned and I do not take lightly to the matter of people making fun of that type of comment. Your life is precious and beautiful no matter how painful or sorrowful it becomes stick it out and hang on. It will get better. It will never rain every day hold on to something stronger than you are. Reach out to the Lord and ask Jesus for help and he will get you though another day. One day at a time and every day is a good day if you don't believe me try missing one it just can't and shouldn't be done. The truth is something that people rarely embrace and even more seldomly tell anyone much less totally stangers but I feel what you hold in secret will destroy you and what you speak honestly about you will be forgiven and Jesus is the only one that I seek forgiveness from and the only person I owe all my life to. I pray to always be as honest as that about everything in my life but it's not easy when it's not tramadic when you see it as every day sin. PS Thanks for listening to my problems hope you don't have any like mine in your life. My name is 🇺🇸Dennis Homer Love Jr.🇺🇸 Left as a guest on a flight from Mena Arkansas to Colombia South America by Pablo Escobar and Stephen Shaffer of the CIA in 1980s. Don't take your freedom and liberty for granted America it costs more than can be paid.💰💰💰💰