January 16th, 2024

NCAPA was founded in 1996 by leading national organizations of Asian American (AA) and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (NHPI) advocates who recognized the need for a more unified AA and NHPI voice at the national level. Nearly three decades later, we are a broad coalition of 47 national  member organizations from around the country. We have distinct missions, diverse expertise, and a variety of viewpoints. Arising from this diversity, we came together to stand firmly united in the shared pursuit of advancing the equities of AA and NHPI communities, including in the areas of immigration, civil rights, healthcare, education, and economic justice.   

Today, we face ongoing challenges, including the alarming rise in overt bigotry, unchecked violent rhetoric, and escalating hate crimes. These issues threaten our past successes—and the very fabric of our democracy.  

Like any coalition, we may not always agree on everything, but we recognize that there is far more that unites than divides us. We stand united against Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, anti-Arab sentiment, and hate in all its forms. We stand united in our sorrow for the tragic loss of life both at home and abroad.  We stand united in expressing grave concern and compassion for innocent people who continue to suffer in this country and around the globe. 

The NCAPA umbrella brings together diverse groups and unites our members around a common purpose and in friendship. Our unity may at various times be tested and challenged, but we know that through engagement, empathy, and respect for each other, the coalition will endure. 

We—the leaders of NCAPA’s member organizations—stand in solidarity, and in recognition that our voices are stronger together.

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Based in Washington, D.C., the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans is a coalition of forty-six national Asian Pacific American organizations that represent the interests of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) communities and to provide a national voice for our communities’ concerns.