The Civil Liberties Public Education Fund (CLPEF) was a government-sponsored program that developed from the Civil Liberties
Act of 1988. The CLPEF's mission was to educate the public on the issues surrounding the wartime incarceration of Americans
of Japanese ancestry. This collection contains the applications and projects of the CLPEF grant recipients.
In 1980, Congress established the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC). This committee was
directed to review the facts and circumstances regarding Executive Order 9066. In 1983 the Commission issued its findings
in the report Personal Justice Denied, stating that a grave injustice was done to both citizens and permanent resident aliens of Japanese ancestry by the evacuation,
relocation, and internment of civilians during World War II. The CWRIC had recommended legislative remedies of redress consisting
of: (1) an official U.S. Government apology; (2) redress payments of $20,000 to each of the survivors; (3) a public education
fund to help ensure that this type of incarceration based on racial prejudice will not happen again.
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in this collection must be submitted to the Hirasaki
National Resource Center at the Japanese American National Museum (email@example.com).