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Ochi to be Asian Pacific American Heritage Month speaker, April 30

Ochi, the first Asian-American woman to serve at the U.S. assistant attorney general level, will speak on campus Tuesday, April 30, as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Her lecture, scheduled for 8 p.m. in Multipurpose Room B of the Frist Campus Center, is titled "From Wartime Internee to Assistant Attorney General."

Ochi served as director of the Community Relations Service of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1997 to 2001, a position considered equivalent to assistant attorney general. The agency's mission is to help communities resolve racial and ethnic conflicts. She has been lauded by Asian Pacific American and civil rights communities for her extensive experience in building collaborative partnerships between multiracial communities, law enforcement and governmental agencies.

Ochi's commitment to pursuing equal justice stems from her family's firsthand experience with racial discrimination. During World War II, Ochi and her family were among the 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent interned in detention camps.

Since last August, Ochi has served as vice president of the board of Los Angeles Police Commissioners, which sets policies for the police department and oversees its operations.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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