APSC currently sponsors a weekly class with API, “Other,” and ally prisoners at San Quentin State Prison and a monthly class at Solano State Prison. The ROOTS program, modeled after an Ethnic Studies curriculum, seeks to increase understanding about immigration/ refugee history, intergenerational trauma, leadership development, and reentry planning. APSC has reached over 250 participants through this program and is currently in the process of expanding ROOTS to other prisons. APSC has participated in events, activities, visits, and outreach at the following institutions: California Institute for Women (CIW), Folsom Women’s Facility, ICE detention at Theo Lacy Jail and Yuba County Jail, and more.
ROOTS 2 REENTRY
APSC provides peer reentry support, case management, and community immersion opportunities to formerly incarcerated APIs and “Others” in Alameda and San Francisco counties, with a less than 3% recidivism rate. Rather than approaching reentry as only an individual issue, APSC works with the broader community—including local businesses, community-based organizations, immigration attorneys, government agencies, and policymakers—to create sustainable jobs, community support, and culturally competent health and human services.
In July 2017, Asian Health Services (AHS) and Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC) started the Chinatown Ambassadors program, a workforce pipeline for individuals re-entering society after prison. The Ambassadors conduct street cleaning, facilities maintenance, mail delivery, staff safety escorts, and community events. The Ambassadors program is expanding through the leadership of AHS, APSC, and the Chinatown Improvement Initiative.
Watch THE AMBASSADORS, a short video featuring Zitsue Lee, who, after serving 23 years in prison, becomes the first Chinatown Ambassador.