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About Japanese American Citizens League History The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is the nation's oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization, is a membership-based organization whose mission is to secure and maintain the human and civil rights of Americans of Japanese ancestry and others victimized by injustice. The JACL has 113 chapters nationwide and eight regional districts with over 24,000 members found in twenty-three states. For the complete history of the JACL: History of the JACL from the National JACL Chapter History History of the New England JACL Current Board Members Co-Presidents Ken Oye Margie Yamamoto Board Members Erin Hashimoto Martell, Scholarship Chair Mieko Kamii Steve Nishino, Treasurer James McIlwain Christine Pilcavage Sarah Purdy, Membership Chair Tommy Shikashio May Takayanagi Chris Martell, Web Master