H.R. 8637: Japanese American Confinement Education Act

In 2006, the Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) Program was established for the preservation and interpretation of U.S. confinement sites where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II. This original legislation was introduced by then Representative Bill Thomas, Doris Matsui, and Mike Honda.

Since the first year of funded projects in Fiscal Year 2009, 247 projects have been funded in 22 states and the District of Columbia with over 32.8 million dollars. Funding has ranged from as little as $5,000 to over $800 thousand for a single project The program was originally funded with 38 million dollars, so the original funding amount will soon be exhausted.

The Japanese American Confinement Education Act would permanently reauthorize the Japanese American Confinement Site (JACS) program within the National Park Service (NPS). It would also authorize $38 million in new funding, since the current funding will be completely spent before the end of 2022. This program has been one of the primary resources in the preservation and interpretation of the U.S. Confinement Sites where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II. Since 2009, 247 projects have received over $32.8 million. Funding has gone to 22 states plus the District of Columbia.

Additionally, the legislation establishes a separate, new five year, $2 million per year program to establish and disseminate educational materials about the Japanese American confinement. This grant would require the recipient museum to develop and nationally disseminate accurate, relevant, and accessible resources to improve awareness and understanding of Japanese American Confinement in WWII. This program is modeled after the Holocaust Education Act passed by Congress and signed into law in 2020.

The JACE Act has strong bi-partisan support with Representative Doris Matsui (D-CA)and Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT) as the originators of the bill.

The Japanese American Confinement Education Act is supported by:

  • Japanese American Citizens League
  • Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation
  • National Council of Asian Pacific Americans
  • Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation
  • Japanese American National Museum
  • JACS Consortium

Take Action Now! Ask your Representative to co-sponsor H.R. 8637.

Press Release from Representative Doris Matsui upon introduction of H.R. 8637

Press Release from Representative Don Young upon introduction of H.R. 8637




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