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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: November 16, 2010

Contact: Leif Bentsen, Human Services Planner
Kitsap County Department of Personnel & Human Services
(360) 337-4883,

No: 10-64


Pramila Jayapal and Dick Reed to speak at Human Rights Conference

 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 10th.

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 (2005).

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 Fawver

  • 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 November 19th.

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


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