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Woori Juntos Service Coordinator Si Hwa Gi hands out information packets about speaking with lawmakers on Tuesday, April 25, 2023.
Asking to be Heard

After months of struggle, Korean language access advocates find their voice at a legislative hearing

In a key step on their quest to make state services more easily available to non-English speakers, advocates from Houston’s Woori Juntos community group testified before a panel of lawmakers.


Hyunja Norman waves to people as they arrive at 3:45 a.m. to board a charter bus headed to Austin for a public hearing on Tuesday, April 25, 2023.
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Woori Juntos staff and supporters approach downtown Austin as they drive to the Capitol to testify in a public hearing on HB5166 on Tuesday, April 25, 2023.
HB5166 supporter Young K. Han prepares to give his personal testimony before a public hearing on Tuesday, April 25, 2023.
HB5166 supporter Young K. Han gives a personal testimony in support of the bill during a public hearing on Tuesday, April 25, 2023.
Woori Juntos staff members become emotional during personal testimonies in support of HB5166 at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 25, 2023.
Advocates listen to a brief overview of meeting and speaking with lawmakers on Tuesday, April 25, 2023.
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Woori Juntos Organizing and Policy Manager Steven Wu, bottom center, leads a chant with staff and supporters after a public hearing for HB5166 on Tuesday, April 25, 2023.

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