Democracy Program Director, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Jerry Vattamala is the Director of the Democracy Program at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF). Jerry has been a leader in collecting electoral data on and protecting Asian American voters, organizing AALDEF’s National Asian American Exit Poll and Voter Protection Program which deployed over 600 volunteers in 14 states and Washington DC, to survey and protect over 8,000 Asian American voters on Election Day 2018. Jerry has also organized the Asian American community for redistricting, serving as AALDEF’s lead attorney on New York’s Favors v. Cuomo federal redistricting litigation, resulting in more Asian majority and influence districts at all legislative levels. Jerry has also testified on behalf of the Asian American community before the House Judiciary Committee and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and observes elections for compliance with state and federal voting laws across the country. Jerry litigates cases concerning violations of Sections 203 and 208 of the Voting Rights Act and regularly meets with Boards of Elections across the country to ensure full compliance with federal and local language assistance provisions and the Help America Vote Act. Jerry is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School. Prior to joining AALDEF, Jerry worked as a commercial litigator at Proskauer Rose LLP. Jerry received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Binghamton University and is a graduate of Hofstra University School of Law.
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Despite being conducted in the midst of a pandemic, under-resourced, and politicized by the Trump administration, the 2020 Census brought together coalitions of stakeholders who worked to ensure that all people living in the United States, including immigrants, were accurately counted regardless of their citizenship or documentation status. Having every person counted directly impacts how financial resources are subsequently distributed to local communities through 2030 and also impacts the redetermination of boundaries for political offices through the Redistricting Process. The principles of fair representation are at risk both through the current new voting laws enacted at the State level that make it more difficult for people to vote and through the potential gerrymandering of the maps during the Redistricting Process. Learn from this panel of the leading national experts on redistricting and voter rights laws that impact the AAPI community and how you can be a part of protecting our community’s voting rights and fair representation.
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