At the fourth session of our Washington Leadership Program, :aw Enforcement and Criminal Justice Reform, we aim to give an overview of AAPI’s working in the field of criminal justice and law enforcement as well as identify obstacles facing AAPIs in those careers. We will engage the contemporary discussions on criminal justice reform by analyzing its affects on communities of color. Lastly, attendees will have an opportunity to connect with public service leaders working in the fields of criminal justice and law enforcement.
Arthur Ago is the Chief of the Trial Division at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Since 1998, he has represented indigent children and adults facing serious delinquency and criminal charges in Washington, DC. Currently, Mr. Ago supervises and manages approximately 50 trial attorneys. In addition to these responsibilities, he represents people charged in homicide, attempted homicide, and sexual assault cases. Mr. Ago has served on the board of directors of the D.C. Law Students in Court Program and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Ago received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, his M.A. in Asian American Studies from U.C.L.A., and his B.A. from Amherst College.
Lieutenant Jae Hwang is currently the Deputy District Commander of the Montgomery County Police in Maryland. He advanced through the ranks as a patrol officer and was promoted to Corporal, and supervised the Power Shift tasked with proactive criminal enforcement. Subsequently, he was promoted to Sergeant and supervised a Patrol Shift. He was then appointed to the Chief’s Office as a Detective Sergeant in the Internal Affairs Division conducting investigations into allegations of misconduct on the part of the 2,000 employees.
Jae is also a commissioned officer, Captain, in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG), United States Army Reserve. His assignments included the areas of Security Force Assistance/Rule of Law Team, the Domestic Support of Civil Authorities Team, the Administrative and Civil Law, and Ethics Counselor.
Jae earned a B.A. from the University of Maryland at College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law. He also completed the National Security Law Institute at the University of Virginia School of Law.
Darakshan Raja, Program Manager, Washington Peace Center – Darakshan Raja is from the Bronx with Pakistani roots and works at the intersection of racial justice and Islamophobia. She is a Co-Director at the Washington Peace Center, a local organization that provides education, resources, trainings, and support for local grassroots movements. She also serves on the Advisory Board for API Domestic Violence Resource Project in DC, and is the co-founder of the Muslim American Women’s Policy Forum, a collective of Muslim women that work at the intersection of state violence and gender justice. Prior to joining the Washington Peace Center, Darakshan worked with the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center on a range of criminal justice evaluations focused on prisons, gang violence, policing, and responses to crime victims , including a national evaluation of the Violence Against Women Act and the Texas Juvenile Justice Department’s intervention for addressing sexual violence within state facilities. Darakshan holds a MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Michael Yu has been a sworn law enforcement officer with the Montgomery County Police Department for approximately thirteen years, with seven years as an investigator. Detective Yu is also an FBI trained hostage crisis negotiator and serves on the department’s Hostage Negotiator Team. He has worked in the Third District (Silver Spring) patrol, Firearms Task Force, Alcohol Enforcement Unit, First District (Rockville) Investigative Section and the Electronic Crimes Unit. Detective Yu is a decorated officer, with awards for valor, lifesaving, community service, unit citations and the Maryland Governor’s Crime Prevention Award.
Detective Yu is a Certified Digital Media Collector and Certified Digital Forensics Examiner by the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center and a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner by the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists. Detective Yu has been deputized by the United States Marshal’s Service and serves with the United States Secret Service Washington Metro Area Electronic Crimes Task Force.
Detective Yu is also a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Computer Forensics Tool Testing (CFTT) Project steering committee. This committee determines and guides project researchers on the selection of digital forensic tools tested, validation of those tools and standards as well as to develop federated testing methodologies. Detective Yu is also a committee member of the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology (DHS, S&T) Directorate’s Project iVe Vehicle Navigation and Infotainment system. This is currently the foremost forensic tool for gathering GPS information from in-dash vehicle navigation systems.
Carrie Kagawa is currently Senior Advisor and White House Liaison at the Department of Veterans Affairs and has served at the VA since 2013. Prior to this, Carrie spent four years at the Department of Defense, where she started in 2009 at the Office of Detainee Policy working on issues of detention in Guantanamo Bay and Afghanistan. While at Detainee Policy, Carrie volunteered for a six-month deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan where she was assigned to the Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, which oversaw detention operations and rule of law development. From 2011 to 2013, Carrie served as an Advance Officer to the Secretary of Defense, coordinating and leading logistical negotiations for 23 international and 10 domestic official visits. Past assignments include the White House and the Office of then-Senator Barack Obama. Carrie holds a degree in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
More About The Washington Leadership Program
The Washington Leadership Program (WLP) provides a space for young AAPI students interning in Washington, D.C. to come together, build community, and explore their heritage within the context of public service. Through eight weekly sessions over the summer, WLP introduces students to AAPI public service leaders who can inform and inspire students’ own civic engagement. The overarching theme for WLP 2016 is Redefining Public Service, and each session will challenge the conventional image of public service through its content, its speakers, or its activities.
2016 Washington Leadership Program Planning Committee Soo Koo • Amy Wantanabe • Krystal Ka’Ai • Irene Lin • Rebecca Lee • Gita Ram • Daniel Jung • YLan Nguyen • Shiv Rawal • Justin Trinidad • Mai Ichihara • Tiffany Hsieh • Sam Cho • Carrie Kagawa • Christian Edlagan • Alton Wang • Elizabeth Thompson
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