Miriam Yeung, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
Miriam Yeung is at the forefront of a new women and immigrant rights movement, a movement that is raising awareness about the horrific impact of our current immigration policies on women and families–and the power that immigrant women hold to make change.
Miriam Yeung understands that while today’s attacks on women’s health undermine every woman’s human rights, most of the attempts to control women’s choices and limit their access to health care disproportionately affect low-income women, women of color and immigrant women. And since a woman’s ability to control her health and reproductive choices has a very real impact on her and her family’s long-term financial stability, access to health care is a fundamental economic issue.
Born in Hong Kong and raised in Brooklyn, today Miriam is an immigrant activist and parent to two spirited young girls. As the Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) she guides the country’s only national, multi-issue, progressive organization dedicated to social justice and human rights for Asian and Pacific Islander women and girls in the U.S. NAPAWF has also been instrumental in developing the Ms.-supported initiative We Belong Together, which mobilizes women in support of a common-sense immigration process because immigration reform is central to women’s equality and justice for all.
Through years of partnership, Ms. and NAPAWF have developed a strong long-term relationship. Together we work to ensure that women of color have a voice in the reproductive rights conversation, that immigrant women’s rights are addressed and that lawmakers pay attention to the health needs of all women in the U.S. We share a commitment to organizing and within and beyond the reproductive justice movement and know how critical the voices of women of color are, especially when attacks are aimed at rolling back rights in these very communities.