Roger Meltzer Of DLA Piper, On Law Firm Legacies, China, And Defining The ‘Global Elite’

Roger Meltzer, DLA Piper’s global co-chairman and Americas co-chairman, about defining the “global elite,” law firm investment, polycentrism, and China, among other things. Read more 

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National Park Service’s $111,000 Grant to Boost Internment Education

During his tenure with the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division,  Robert (Bob) Bratt served as the director of the Office of Redress Administration. Bob Bratt was responsible for compensating Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps during World War II.

The U.S. government has endeavored to make right the issue of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. As the director of the Office of Redress Administration, Robert Bratt worked to make certain that each eligible Hawaiian internee received $20,000 redress and an apology from the U.S. President.

A new grant from the National Park Service will fund a multimedia and virtual tour project to increase public awareness of the Honouliuli Internment Camp on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. During World War II, the camp housed about 300 Japanese Americans, many who were taken into custody days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941.

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.