February 8 — Fareed Zakaria, Parkin Lee of The Rockefeller Group, and Yale Law Professor Jean Koh Peters To Receive 2012 Justice in Action Awards

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will honor Fareed Zakaria, CNN host and Time editor-at-large, Parkin Lee, Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Secretary of The Rockefeller Group, and Yale Law professor Jean Koh Peters with the 2012 Justice in Action Awards at its Annual Lunar New Year Gala on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at PIER SIXTY, Chelsea Piers, in New York City.

The co-emcees for the evening are Juju Chang, Emmy Award-winning correspondent for ABC News Nightline, and Sree Sreenivasan, Dean of Student Affairs and digital media professor at Columbia Journalism School.

The AALDEF Justice in Action Awards recognize exceptional individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions in advancing justice and equality. Past recipients include the late civil rights icon Fred Korematsu, David Henry Hwang, Harold Koh, Mira Nair, Deval Patrick, Salman Rushdie, Seymour Hersh, Charles Ogletree, Jr., Nicholas Kristof, Sheryl Wu Dunn, Harry Belafonte, Margaret Cho, and Yoko Ono.

Over 600 leaders of the civil rights, legal, business, and arts communities are expected to attend AALDEF’s 2012 Lunar New Year Gala celebrating the Year of the Dragon. The Gala begins with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by the Justice in Action Awards ceremony and a banquet dinner. Tables of ten, available at $50,000, $20,000, $15,000, and $10,000, include a VIP reception. Individual tickets start at $500. To reserve seating, please contact Lillian Ling at 212.966.5932 ex. 202 or

Since 1974, AALDEF has been protecting and promoting the civil rights of Asian Americans across the nation through litigation, advocacy, organizing, and community education. All proceeds from the Lunar New Year Gala will go directly towards supporting AALDEF’s legal and educational programs in immigrant rights, economic justice for workers, voting rights and civic participation, affirmative action, language access to services, youth rights and educational equity, housing and environmental justice, Census policy, and the elimination of hate violence, police misconduct, and human trafficking.

Check our Justice in Action Awards webpage for updates on the Lunar New Year Gala and highlights from past ceremonies.

For further information, please contact:

Lillian Ling

Assistant Director

212.966.5932 ex. 202

Ujala Sehgal

Communications Coordinator

212.966.5932 ex. 217