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Founded in 1929, the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is the nation's oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization. The JACL has 112 chapters nationwide, 5 regional offices, 3 district offices, a Washington DC office, and a national headquarters in San Francisco. JACL's mission is to secure and uphold the human and civil rights of Japanese Americans and all Americans while preserving our cultural heritage and values.


We are the Ventura County Chapter of the JACL

We grant scholarships to local high school seniors in Ventura County. We also sponsor cultural and family-oriented events throughout the year:


  • Installation of Officers and Luncheon (past keynote speakers have been George Takei and former JACL National President Helen Kawagoe)
  • Japanese Cemetery Clean-up and Restoration
  • Oshogatsu Dinner
  • Booth at the Strawberry Festival
  • Pacific Citizen newspaper subscription

For more information, email us:

Other Offices:

Pacific Southwest Office             
244 San Pedro St. #406              
Los Angeles, CA 90012              
(213) 626-4471                           
(213) 623-4282 FAX                  

National Headquarters
1765 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 921-5225
(415) 931-4671 FAX 

National JACL website:

Let’s remember the American Nisei veterans on a U.S. postal stamp for what they did in service to our nation with utmost valor, in the face of so much adversity abroad and at home.

Click here to learn more about the stamp campaign.

Read the fascinating story of the Wakiji Family, from their homeland in Japan to the faraway destination of Pasadena. Written by Ray Chong, former Ventura County JACL member.

Part 1

Part 2

Take a pictorial look at what Oxnard's Japanese community looked like around 1900.

Click here to read speech given by Patrick Hayashi, former associate president of the University of California system. This speech was given at the Honorary Degree Ceremony at UCSF on December 4, 2009, honoring those Nisei with an honorary degree since they were not able to continue their studies due to their internment.

Please click on the below link to see a 14 minute video produced by Ken Burns. The mini-documentary looks at the interconnected stories of Japanese American internment during World War II, former Manzanar Committee Chair Sue Kunitomi Embrey’s efforts to commemorate the Manzanar concentration camp, and the ongoing work of the Manzanar National Historic Site to educate visitors about civil rights. At the heart of the of the film is the site’s annual Pilgrimage and the words of Sue Embrey, who speaks movingly about protecting all citizens’ rights, especially in times of national crisis.

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