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Hon. Alcee L. Hastings, Chairman
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
April 29, 2008


Solis to Lead Visit of U.S. Congressional Delegation to Olvera Street and the Chinatown Service Center


(Washington, D.C.) Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis (D-CA), Special Representative on Migration for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly and a member of the United States Helsinki Commission will hold a field hearing on migration at California State University - Los Angeles in the Golden Eagle (Ballroom 1) on Friday, May 9 at 11:00 a.m. The hearing entitled, “Los Angeles: The Regional Impacts and Opportunities of Migration,” will focus on the transitional experiences and accomplishments of migrant communities in Los Angeles. In particular, the hearing will examine Los Angeles as a case study within the international context of global migration. Joining Congresswoman Solis at the hearing will be Helsinki Commission Chairman, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Congresswoman Diane Watson (D-CA), and other Members of Congress.

Following the hearing, Congresswoman Solis will lead the delegation on a tour of Olvera Street – the birthplace of the city of Los Angeles and El Pueblo Historic Monument. The tour of Olvera Street (845 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles) will take place at 2:15 p.m.

The delegation will then visit Chinatown Service Center, which is the largest community-based Chinese American health and human service organization in Southern California. The tour of the Chinatown Service Center (767 N. Hill Street, Los Angeles) will take place at 3:45 p.m.

On April 24, Congresswoman Solis participated in a Helsinki Commission hearing on women and migration that focused on the impact of migration on family and society, the special concerns of migrant women of color, and the economic contributions of women migrants to their home country through remittances.

Invited witnesses include:

Reverend Richard Estrada, Associate Pastor at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church (“La Placita”) in Los Angeles and Founder/Executive Director of Jovenes, Inc.

Mr. Kerry Doi, President/CEO, Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE)

Dr. David Hayes Bautista, Director, Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture

Ms. Eun Sook Lee, Executive Director, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)

Ms. Angelica Salas, Executive Director, Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

Dr. Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda, Associate Professor, UCLA Cesar E. Chavez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies

Ms. Lucy Ito, Senior Vice President, California Credit Union League


The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, is a U.S. Government agency that monitors progress in the implementation of the provisions of the 1975 Helsinki Accords. The Commission consists of nine members from the United States Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce.

Media Contact: Lale Mamaux
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