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Since then, the group has registered thousands of Asian-American and Pacific Islander voters, held voter education events and reminded individuals via phone and mail to prioritize voting.

In 2010, the organization engaged in more than 80 community events and partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau and American Citizens for Justice to increase Asian-American Census participation.

Islam said the organization has spent the last decade focused on registering, educating and connected Asian-American community members.

One of APIA’s newest board members, Leinda Schleicher, 60, said she felt extremely isolated growing up as an Asian-American in Detroit.

“In a perfect world, we make all the changes we need to make, there’s still going to be individuals who feel isolated, there’s still going to be people that need help and there’s still going to be people who need education.”

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