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Ex-CEO of Atlanta nonprofit accused of misusing funds meant to assist refugees and minorities

  • Protestors have accused a local nonprofit located in Atlanta of misusing funds meant to help minorities and refugees.
  • Chaiwon Kim, a former co-CEO of the Center for Pan-Asian Community Services (CPACS) has been accused of appropriating the money for personal use and unfairly hiring and compensating family members.
  • The other co-CEO, Dr. Jung Ha Kim, claimed that she had been fired for speaking out.
  • In a moment of solidarity, staff walked out of CPACS with Dr. Jung on Friday.

Several people gathered outside a local nonprofit organization in Atlanta earlier this week to protest its alleged misuse of funds meant to help minorities and refugees.

The Center for Pan Asian Community Service (CPACS) is a nonprofit organization that focuses on serving Asian Americans and other underrepresented populations in Atlanta. Chaiwon Kim, one of its former co-CEOs, is accused of appropriating the nonprofit’s money for personal use.

Rallies on first anniversary of Atlanta spa shootings unite the country

On the one-year anniversary of the shootings at three Georgia massage businesses, rallies across the country were held to commemorate its eight victims, six of whom were Asian women, and to call for change against the alarming rise of anti-Asian violence within recent years. 

Those killed were: Xiaojie “Emily” Tan, 49; Daoyou Feng, 44; and Delaina Yaun, 33; and Paul Michels, 54; Suncha Kim, 69; Soon Chung Park, 74; Hyun Jung Grant, 51; and Yong Ae Yue, 63.

Prosecutor affirms plan to seek death penalty for Atlanta shooter, cites ‘complete support’ from families

Atlanta shooter might get death penalty

Fulton District Attorney Fani Willis has affirmed her intention to seek the death penalty for Robert Aaron Long, the man who shot eight people to death — including six Asian women — in three spas in the Atlanta area earlier this year.

The latest: Long, 22, appeared at the Fulton County Superior Court on Monday for charges involving four of the eight deceased victims. These crimes include murder, aggravated assault and domestic terrorism, the Associated Press reported.

Gay Asian man who fell into a coma after brutal attack is making ‘tremendous progress’ in recovery

Joshua Dowd

A gay Asian man who fell into a coma following a brutal attack in Atlanta last month, is now making “tremendous progress” in his recovery.

Courageous recovery: Joshua Dowd, 28, had a very active day on Saturday as he tried to move his head, both of his arms and his legs following the incident, according to the recent update on his GoFundMe page.

GoFundMe created for gay Asian man in coma after being brutally assaulted in Atlanta

Atlanta

The Atlanta Police Department is investigating the case of a gay man who was found with a serious head injury on train tracks in the Lindbergh area of Buckhead early morning on July 11.

At the scene: Police were alerted to the 2100 block of Piedmont Road where someone saw Joshua Dowd, 28, alone and barely breathing as he laid on the train tracks with his head bleeding, reported CBS46.

Atlanta Shooter Indicted on Murder Charges, Prosecutor Seeks Death Penalty

Atlanta

Robert Aaron Long, the suspect in the March shootings in the Atlanta region has been indicted on murder charges, and a prosecutor filed to seek the death penalty and hate crime charges. 

About the indictment: A Fulton County grand jury indicted the 22-year-old in the killings of Suncha Kim, Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant and Yong Ae Yue, at the spas in Atlanta.

Atlanta Officer, Elderly Homeless Man Share Deep Bond Since Before Pandemic

An officer from the Atlanta Police Department developed a bond with a homeless man that began before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Melina Lim, 25, was on her daily routine of checking up on businesses around northwest Atlanta shortly before the pandemic hit, when she saw Jawee Bilal Faheem, 61, who goes by the name “Doc,” holding a sign on the side of the road, according to 11Alive.

AAPI Community Holds Funeral For Atlanta Shooting Victim With No Friends, Family in US

The AAPI community gathered on Sunday for a funeral honoring Daoyou Feng, a victim of the March shooting in Atlanta, who didn’t have any close friends or family in the U.S. 

Dr. Charles Li, a founder of the Atlanta Chinese American Alliance (ACAA) which organized the funeral via a GoFundMe campaign, said that around 100 mourners attended the service.