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A Special Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Program “A Conversation with U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono”

U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono and Juliet Choi

U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono and Juliet Choi

Program will be available on this site on May 9 at 2:00 p.m. CT.

A Special Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Program “A Conversation with U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono” featuring Senator Mazie Hirono  in conversation with Juliet Choi, President and CEO, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum. Topics will include the Senator’s life and work as described in her book, Heart of Fire: An Immigrant Daughter’s Story, critical issues facing our country, how lawyers can uphold the rule of law, and more.

Senator Mazie K. Hirono

Mazie K. Hirono was elected to the Senate in 2012, becoming Hawaii’s first female senator and the country’s first Asian-American woman senator. Throughout her career, Hirono has fought on behalf of Hawaii families and communities whose voices are not often heard in Congress, working to protect and build upon the progress generations of Americans have fought to secure.

In the Senate, Hirono is a leading champion for women’s rights and reproductive freedom, voting and civil rights, the Native Hawaiian community, sustainable communities, and early education. In 2021, Senator Hirono introduced the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, legislation signed into law to help communities combat the rise in anti-Asian hate and violence.

Hirono serves on the Committees on Armed Services, Energy and Natural Resources, the Judiciary, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Veterans’ Affairs. She is also Chair of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, where she is leading the fight to modernize military infrastructure in Hawaii and across the country.

Born in Fukushima, Japan, Hirono was nearly eight years old when her mother brought her and her siblings to Hawaii to escape an abusive husband and seek a better life. Hirono served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1981 to 1994 and earned a reputation as an advocate for consumers and workers. After being elected as Hawaii’s lieutenant governor in 1994, Hirono led the creation of Hawaii’s Pre-Plus Program to expand access to quality, affordable early education. In 2006, voters in Hawaii’s second congressional district elected Hirono to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she served three terms before being elected to the Senate.

Juliet K. Choi

Juliet K. Choi is the president and Chief Executive Officer of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), a national health justice organization which influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. 

She is an accomplished cross-sector leader and coalition builder who specializes in change management, system reform and stakeholder relations, particularly in the areas of immigration, civil rights, healthcare and disaster relief. 

A senior executive, she served in the Obama administration as the former chief of staff and senior advisor of two federal agencies: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to her political appointments, she led disaster relief operations and strategic partnerships at the American Red Cross as a member of the disaster leadership team. 

She has previously worked at the Partnership for Public Service, Asian American Justice Center, Mental Health America, and a Fortune 500 corporation. Juliet received her law school’s Alumni Association Award for Leadership and Character and Rising Star Alumnus Award. Currently, she serves on the boards of YWCA USA and the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.

A certified mediator, Juliet received her J.D. from University of Maryland School of Law and clerked for the Hon. Dennis M. Sweeney (ret.) of the Circuit Court for Howard County, Maryland. She received her B.A. in Economics from University of Virginia. 

Co-sponsored by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Co-sponsored by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

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