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OCT. 6, 2018

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Students Invited to Enter Filipino Association of University Women Art Contest

Do you want your art displayed at the Hawaii State Library? Do you have a story to share about your ohana through art?

The Filipino Association of University Women (FAUW), 3 Point Scholarship Hawaii, and Reiyukai America invite Hawaii K8 students to participate in the first annual ‘Ohana Art Contest! The organizers aspire to promote stronger families that can affect stronger communities!

There are two categories and there will be three winners in each category: 1) K-5 Division, Theme: My Favorite ‘Ohana Moment, Prizes: 1st $100, 2nd $75, 3rd $50, Teacher Prize for 1st Place: $50 Amazon Gift Card; 2) 6-8 Division, Theme: ‘Ohana, Prizes: 1st $100, 2nd $75, 3rd $50, Teacher Prize for 1st Place: $50 Amazon Gift Card.

‘Ohana Art Contest is open to all Hawai‘i K-8 students, who are encouraged to draw an artwork that portrays the contestant’s experiences with his/her ‘ohana along with a paragraph describing the artwork. All the entries must be submitted physically by the organizing committee, postmarked on or before Monday, October 22, 2018.

All entries will be displayed at the Hawaii State Library from November 17th to December 8th, 2018. Winners will be awarded on Saturday, November 17th during the Final Presentation of the Letter to My Parents™ Contest in Hawaii 2018.

Winners will be contacted by the Organizing Committee. Visit www.OhanaArtContest.com for more information about the contest!

For more information, contact Rose Churma or Toshiro Obara at 808.358.2868, reiyukai@reiyukai-usa.org.

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Hawaii Fights DOJ’s Reversal of Immigrant Policy Protecting Asylum Seekers

Hawaii Attorney General Russell A. Suzuki joined a group of 18 state attorneys general to stop the Trump Administration from arbitrarily blocking immigrants who seek asylum from domestic violence or gang terrorism in their home countries. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Attorney General Suzuki and his counterparts argue that the Trump Administration ignored decades of federal law and policy designed to protect asylum-seekers who are persecuted in their home countries because of their gender, ethnicity, or other key personal characteristics.

“This administration’s cruel policy arbitrarily closes our borders to refugees who seek asylum due to legitimate fears of violence in their home countries,” said District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine. “This policy ignores decades of state, federal, and international law. We agree with the plaintiffs and are standing up for victims who are fleeing persecution.”

“We stand firmly with our colleagues for protecting asylum-seekers fleeing persecution,” said Attorney General Suzuki.

The District and partner states filed a friend-of-the-court brief today in Grace v. Sessions (Civil Action No. 18-1853 [EGS]). The plaintiffs include predominantly women and children from Central America who sought asylum in the United States from domestic violence and violent persecution by gangs in their home countries.

However, in June, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a decision in Matter of A-B-,27 I&N Dec. 316 (A.G. 2018), which reversed the federal Board of Immigration Appeals’ grant of asylum to an El Salvadoran woman who was brutalized by her husband. The decision changed federal policy to state that, in general “claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence perpetrated by non-governmental actors will not qualify for asylum.” It also raised the standard that asylum applicants must meet when claiming persecution by a non-governmental actor.

The brief argues that the Trump Administration’s policy reversal is harmful because: 1) Domestic and gang-related violence victims deserve U.S. protection. 2) Women and children predominately suffer from domestic violence. 3) Limiting immigration hurts states.

In August, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies filed suit to block the new policy from taking effect.

While federal law requires that asylum claims be decided on a case-by-case basis, Attorney General Session’s decision in Matter of A-B- unlawfully creates a presumption that victims of domestic and gang-related violence are likely to not receive asylum.

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Hawaii Receives $8 Million to Fight Opioid Misuse

Hawaii will get a boost from the federal government to combat opioid addiction. The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has received an $8 million federal grant over a two-year period to continue to combat opioid misuse in the state. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last week announced it awarded more than $1 billion in opioid-specific grants to help states combat the crisis in the nation.

“No state is immune from this public health issue,” said Dr. Bruce Anderson, director of the Hawai‘i Department of Health. “This grant provides another step in a positive direction for Hawaii to implement HHS’ comprehensive five-pronged strategy to address opioid misuse across our islands.”

Hawai‘i’s opioid death rates have historically been lower than the national rate. In 2016, there were 77 opioid-related overdose deaths in Hawai‘i—a rate of 5.2 deaths per 100,000 persons. This is less than half the national rate of 13.3 deaths per 100,000 persons.

“We should not look at these figures and let our guard down; we must continue the momentum that we have begun in Hawai‘i,” warned Edward Mersereau, chief of DOH’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division. “In Hawai‘i, drug overdose deaths account for nearly a quarter of all fatal injuries, which include deaths from prescription opioids.”

“In Hawai‘i, we all know a relative or friend who has been affected by drug misuse or addiction, including those who were taking a prescribed opioid as directed for pain relief,” Mersereau added. “The social, economic and health disparities in our state, including access to behavioral health care, also make us particularly vulnerable to opioid and other drug misuse.”

This is a second round of federal funding for Hawai‘i. The health department received a $4 million Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) grant, which was part of a program created by the 21st Century Cures Act. The grant program is administered by SAMHSA within HHS.

According to a survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which is a part of HHS, Americans initiating heroin use dropped by around half from 2016 to 2017. The number of Americans misusing opioids also dropped for the second year in a row, and the number receiving specialty treatment for heroin use increased.

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DBEDT Awarded $450,000 from SBA

Hawaii Companies Showcased at Tokyo International Gift Show

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced an award of $450,000 to continue the Hawaii State Trade Export Program (HiSTEP). Under the tag “Buy Hawaii, Give Aloha,” this program provides training, grants and tradeshows for companies looking to start exporting or increase their exports.

“With the help of this program, we’ve seen our export of Hawaii-made products increase substantially overseas,” said DBEDT Director Luis P. Salaveria. “The Hawaii brand continues to be iconic. We have significantly increased Hawaii-made products, especially in Japan where we have participated in several high-profile events.”

An example of the effectiveness of the HiSTEP program, 80 companies just completed participating in the 2018 Tokyo International Gift Show (TIGS).

This year marked the seventh consecutive year that DBEDT organized a Hawaii Pavilion at TIGS, which was held September 4 - 7, 2018, at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center (Tokyo Big Sight). This year, DBEDT recruited 80 Hawaii companies to fill 38 booths and a café section, which made up the Hawaii Pavilion. In addition, show organizers awarded DBEDT’s Hawaii Pavilion with the Best in Show award.

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State House of Representatives Hiring Staff

The House of Representatives is accepting applications for the 2019 Legislative Session. About 200 positions are available for work in offices of individual lawmakers and in support agencies.

The House welcomes a diverse cross section of applicants from freshly graduated college students to retirees who want to learn more about the legislative process, public service and administration. Session staff positions are temporary and generally run from December/January to the first week in May. Minimum requirements are required for each job. Medical, dental, vision and drug plans are available.

Recruiters will be at job fairs at Chaminade, UH Manoa and UH West Oahu campuses:

  • Oct. 3, 2018, Chaminade University 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 9, 2018, UH Manoa 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Oct. 10, 2018, UH West Oahu 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Applications are also being accepted on line. To apply and for more information on position descriptions and requirements go to: https://www.capitol.hawaii. gov/hjobs.aspx.

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Drive-Thru Voter Registration Available

The Office of Elections and County Clerks will be holding drive-thru voter registration at the following locations and dates.

Hawaii Location: Bayfront (Hilo), Walmart (Kona), and Malama Market (Pahoa) Dates: October 6 and 9 Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Maui Location: Kahului Shopping Center Dates: October 9 only Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Kauai Location: Office of County Clerk, Elections Division Dates: October 8 and 9 Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Oahu Location: Hawaii State Capitol (front of the capitol facing Beretania St.) Dates: October 8 and 9 Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

To be eligible to register to vote, you must be a U.S. Citizen, a Hawaii resident and at least 18 years of age. Hawaii law allows for voter pre-registration at 16 years of age, however the individual must be 18 years of age to vote.

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Financial Donations Being Accepted for Victims of Typhoon Ompong

The Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu informs Hawaii’s Filipino community that financial donations can be deposited directly to the following bank account without coursing them through the Consulate: Federal Reserve Bank of New York, New York (FRNYUS33) or Favor Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Manila (PHCBPHMM) A/C 021085295.

Donations such as goods, supplies, food or clothing are not accepted by the Consulate General.

At the moment, there is no call for international assistance. The Philippine Consulate General cautions the Filipino community to donate only to bona fide organizations.

For more information, call 808-595-6316.

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