Resolution J304-2013

Memorializing a Memorial Monument in the State of New York that pays tribute to those who have become known to the world as 'Comfort Women'

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  • Jan 29, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 29, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 25, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing a Memorial Monument in the State of
New  York  that pays tribute to those who have become known to the world
as 'Comfort Women'

WHEREAS, During the Japanese colonial and wartime occupation of Asia and
the Pacific Islands from the 1930s through the duration of World War II,
approximately 200,000 young women were coerced into  the  Comfort  Women
system of forced military prostitution; and
  WHEREAS,  On  June  16,  2012, the Comfort Women Memorial Monument was
established in the Veterans Memorial at Eisenhower Park in Westbury, New
York, to honor and commemorate the victims of the Comfort Women  system;
and
  WHEREAS,  The Memorial Monument, being the second memorial of its kind
in the United States, symbolizes suffering endured by comfort women  and
serves as a reminder of the crime against humanity committed through the
Comfort Women system; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  custom  of  this  Legislative Body to recognize
historical monuments within the State of New York that  are  established
to  increase awareness of serious events that have taken place in histo-
ry; and
  WHEREAS, The United Nations reports that 2.4 million people across the
globe are victims of human trafficking at any one time, and  80  percent
of them are being exploited as sexual slaves; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize a Memorial Monument in the State of New York that pays trib-
ute to those who have become known to the world as 'Comfort Women';  and
be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to the Korean American Public Affairs Committee, the Kupferberg
Holocaust Resource Center and Korean American Civic Empowerment.

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