BREAKING: For the first time ever, on February 18, 2022, a President has acknowledged JLAs in a Presidential “Day of Remembrance” Proclamation. Acknowledgement is the first step toward redressing a wrong.
NEW: “Japanese from Latin America Fight for Full Reparations” by Anh Do, L.A. Times, 02/19/2022
NEW: “Phase 2 of Redress Has Begun” by Phil Tajitsu Nash, Rafu Shimpo, 02/12/2022
NOT TO BE MISSED: “America’s Forgotten Internment” by Jesús A. Rodríguez, Politico Magazine, 12/05/2021
DID YOU KNOW? During WWII, the U.S. government went outside its borders and violated the rights of over 2,200 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry in 13 Latin American countries in the name of “national security.” These “potentially dangerous enemy aliens” were imprisoned in concentration camps in the U.S. for use as hostages in exchange for U.S. citizens held in Far East war zones. Over 70 years later, the U.S. government has yet to acknowledge and properly redress these crimes against humanity.