#minorsextrafficking | Phenomenal San Diego women in advocacy and empowerment

When Beverly Yip was posthumously inducted into the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2003, the founder of the Union of Pan Asian Communities was praised for her compassion, strength and vision, and for caring about the plight of all immigrant families. Yip founded the nonprofit organization in 1974, using a $36,000 grant from the city of San Diego and the county. With a vision of bringing different cultures and generations together, she formed the agency when San Diego was home to a small number of immigrants from China, Japan, Korea, Samoa, Guam and the Philippines, according to the UPAC website. She died in 1991 at the age of 59. In addition to founding UPAC, she served on several boards and commissions, including the city’s Housing Commission and the county’s Task Force on Services to Older Minority Persons.

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