SAGE Presents Advocacy Award to Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
SAGE is thrilled to present the 2013 SAGE Advocacy Award for Excellence in Leadership on Aging Issues to the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC). SAGE, in partnership with The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, presents this award each year at Creating Change to honor an organization or individual committed to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults.
Michael Adams, SAGE Executive Director, will present the award to Doua Thor, SEARAC Executive Director, today during Creating Change’s plenary session at 1:30 pm EST. For those of you in Atlanta for the conference, the plenary session will be in the Grand Ballroom. If you’re not in Atlanta, you can watch the session live at the Task Force’s Livestream channel!
SEARAC is a national organization that advances the interests of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans by empowering communities through advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building to create a socially just and equitable society. For the past 32 years, SEARAC has been an active voice for Southeast Asian Americans nationally on issues such as immigration reform, education access and health reform. SEARAC has trained hundreds of Southeast Asian Americans to become advocates empowered to speak for themselves and their communities.
In addition, with the growing numbers of people age 65+ in the U.S., SEARAC has focused on ensuring that community members and organizations are aware of how programs such as Medicare and Social Security impact elders, and informing policy makers about the Southeast Asian American elder population and its particular challenges and disparities.
Through the Diverse Elders Coalition, SEARAC has also been a vital partner with SAGE and other key national aging organizations on work to strengthen policies and programs to enhance the health and well-being of diverse elders (including elders of color and LGBT elders); educate and connect older people and their loved ones to key policy debates on aging; and increase public support for issues that affect diverse communities.
Because they are a true partner and dedicated advocate for all older people, we are proud to present this award to SEARAC. Please join us in congratulating SEARAC!