NAKASEC organizes Korean and Asian Americans to achieve social, racial, and economic justice.
Founded by young people, NAKASEC was formed by local, community-based organizations who saw the need for a national organization to coordinate and project a progressive voice on issues of concern to the Korean American community. As its affiliates and chapters work every day with grassroots people, NAKASEC’s programs and agenda is formulated directly by the community it serves. Also, as a result of being part of the NAKASEC network, affiliates and chapters are able to share best practices, collectively troubleshoot issues, and transfer culturally and linguistically competent resources and expertise to build local programs.
In 2010, NAKASEC established a D.C. office. As it learned more about the growing Korean and Asian American communities in Northern Virginia, the issues impacting them and the need for education programs, leadership development and community organizing, it moved its office to Annandale, Fairfax County in 2012. The area now has the fifth largest Korean American population in the country and 60% of all Korean Americans in Virginia live in Fairfax County.
Our main program areas include: 1) youth education and leadership development; 2) social services (such as naturalization and DACA renewal applications); 3) civic engagement; 4) Community organizing