Pramila Jayapal and Dick Reed to speak at Human Rights
Nationally recognized Immigration
Reform Activist and Seattle Assistant Police Chief guest speakers at 20th
Annual Kitsap County Human Rights Conference to be held on December
Port Orchard, WA)-
Pramila Jayapal, founder and executive director of OneAmerica, will discuss
the need for immigration reform in the United States. Born in India, Ms.
Jayapal immigrated to the US at age 16. She received her BA from Georgetown
University and an MBA from Northwestern. In 2001 Ms. Jayapal founded Hate
Free Zone, which evolved into OneAmerica in 2008.
Ms. Jayapal is a frequently featured speaker nationwide
and a regular guest on local and national television and radio shows,
addressing diverse audiences on issues of immigrant integration as well as
immigrant, civil and human rights. She has been recognized both nationally
and regionally with several awards, including the national Unitarian
Universalists Holmes Weatherly Award and the Civic Justice Equal Partnership
from the Access to Justice Foundation of the Washington Bar Association. She
has been named by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of 20 Women of
Influence, whose leadership and work "moves the needle on critical issues in
the region" (2007); by Seattle Magazine as a Power 25 Leader (2006); and by
The Seattle Times Editorial Board as one of 12 Puget Sound Regional Leaders
Seattle Assistant Police Chief Dick Reed and Detective
Kim Bogucki will talk about the successes and difficulties the Seattle
Police Department has had in improving communication and trust with the
lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender community.
Other topics and presenters include:
How Do We Relate to People (Not)
Like Me? Dr. Kathryn Keve and Karen Vargas.
Everything You Wanted to Know, But
Were Afraid to Ask About Transgenderism, Dr. Patricia
Immigration Issues in Kitsap County,
panel discussion with representatives from Kitsap
Immigration Service Center.
What’s Going on Across the State,
panel discussion with the executive directors of the state’s
commissions on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs, African
American Affairs, and Hispanic Affairs.
Then They Came for Me: Remembering
Ann Frank, a dramatic presentation by North Kitsap High
School Dramatic Arts.
Northwest Passages, a
multi-media story of a Swedish immigrant’s experiences in
the early 1900s. Performed by Living Voices.
Advanced registration is required. Tuition is $50 per
person received or postmarked not later than November 19th. $65 after
Interested parties can mail their checks directly to
Kitsap County Human Rights Conference, 614 Division Street, MS-23, Port
Orchard, WA 98366. Purchase orders or credit card orders can be made by
downloading application forms at
For more information, contact Leif Bentsen, human services planner, Kitsap
County Department of Personnel & Human Services, 360.337.4883 or