JACL Honors Civil Rights Leaders

In 2008, the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) honored Robert (Bob) Bratt for his work to ensure that Japanese Americans interned in camps in Hawaii during World War II received reparations from the U.S. government. The JACL noted Bob Bratt’s compassion and commitment to ensuring that all eligible Japanese Americans received an apology from the President, as well as the allotted monetary reparations. Robert Bratt became the first administrator of the Office of Redress Administration after the U.S. Congress agreed to compensate internees.

As the largest Asian-American civil rights organization in the world, the Japanese American Citizens League annually recognizes leaders who have facilitated positive social change for Asian Americans.

In the 1940s, more than 2,400 Japanese Americans who lived in Hawaii were placed in internment camps, primarily on the island of Oahu. Another 1,500 Japanese American residents in Hawaii were removed from their homes in 23 areas across the state during mass evacuations. In 1988, the U.S. government apologized for the internment and evacuations and offered people who were affected $20,000 each in reparations.