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Mission
The mission of the OCAPIA is to work for the implementation and establishment of economic, social, legal, and political equality for Asian American & Pacific Islanders in Oregon and to maintain a continuing assessment of the issues and needs confronting Asian Pacific Americans.


Duties and Responsibilities
 The Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs shall:
  1. Work for the enhancement of social, economic and educational opportunities for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans within this state.
  2. Establish an Asian Affairs Network to facilitate the work of the commission.
  3. Identify and examine the needs of Asian and Pacific Islander American residents of this state.
  4. Compile information relating to services available to Asian and Pacific Islander American residents of this state, including but not limited to education and training programs, work programs, dispute resolution programs, trade opportunities, housing programs, health programs, mental health programs including alcohol and drug services, and welfare programs from local, state and federal sources and through private agencies.
  5. Develop and sponsor programs in cooperation with Asian and Pacific Islander American groups and organizations to inform Asian American residents of this state of services available to them.
  6. Assess all programs of state agencies operating for the benefit of Asian and Pacific Islander American residents of this state and make recommendations to the appropriate agencies for improvement of those programs.
  7. In conjunction with the Oregon Heritage Commission, coordinate statewide celebrations during the fourth week of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
  8. Support the Economic and Community Development Department in its efforts to promote trade, tourism, and economic development among this state, the United States and Asian and Pacific Islander countries.
  9. Submit to the Governor at the beginning of each biennium a report that describes the needs of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans identified under paragraph (c) of this subsection and that specifies the programs, projects and activities that the commission will undertake regarding those needs.

History
The Commission on Asian Affairs was established in 1995 by SB 342. Originally, the Commission had a trade and economic development focus.  Then later in 1999, the Oregon Legislature amended the commission’s primary function with SB 951, and placed a greater emphasis on advocacy.
 
Today, the overall mission of the OCAPIA is to work for enhanced access to economic, social, legal, and political opportunities of APIAs within Oregon. The Commission also helps facilitate communication between state agencies and Oregon's APIA communities by providing a direct link to government. This function not only benefits APIA communities, but it also provided the State with valuable information on how best to provide services to all its divers residents.