In 2019, Asian Adult Adoptees of Washington began to pivot toward another issue adoptees face: citizenship. This is an issue AAAW felt it was necessary to advocate and raise awareness of the unfortunate consequences of not having citizenship for transnational adoptees.
Adoptees for Justice
About: Adoptees For Justice is an intercountry adoptee-led organization which formed in 2018. Many of its members have been working for justice in adoptee, immigrant, racial, and social justice spaces for years. Several of us organized the 2016 ACA Day of Action in the picture above. Adoptees For Justice’s first project is to educate, organize and advocate for an Adoptee Citizenship Act that is inclusive of all adoptees, including those with criminal backgrounds and who have been deported. Adoptees For Justice firmly believes that ALL intercountry adoptees should have U.S. citizenship, and that no adoptee should be left behind. We view this commitment as part of the larger immigrant justice and human rights movements.
Mission: To educate, empower, and organize transracial and transnational adoptee communities to achieve just and humane adoption, immigration, and restorative justice systems.
Vision: A world where every person thrives in a safe and supportive environment in which communities of color, immigrants, and adoptees are liberated from all forces of injustice, with full citizenship for all.
To learn more about their adoptee citizenship campaign, read their statements, and see their impact on adoptees, check out Adoptees for Justice: