Founded in 1929 — JACL is the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in the United States

Welcome to Houston JACL

The Japanese American Citizens League is a national organization whose ongoing mission is to secure and maintain the civil rights of Japanese Americans and all others who are victimized by injustice and bigotry. ​
About Us

Helping individuals
never doubt that their voices are
Valuable & Powerful

JACL’s Houston Chapter represents the entire state of Texas. We have been unafraid to take action on difficult and often controversial issues related to the wartime experience of our community and other civil rights issues. The exceptional pioneers who sustained our organization during one of the most difficult periods in US history laid a strong foundation for the work of future generations of Japanese Americans who strongly believe in the principles of justice, equality, and fair play.

Our Houston Chapter is back and reinvigorated. We are well prepared to carry on the legacy and proud traditions established by our noble and courageous predecessors. In solidarity, we strive to bring equality for not only our community but also many other communities who are unfortunately facing bigotry and injustice. Taught through the atrocities faced by our community, we will not allow other communities to endure similar circumstances.

We host periodic educational and community-oriented programs to learn more about our history and also stay proactive regarding current issues. Stay in the loop by subscribing to Houston’s quarterly newsletter.
We value our next generation of leaders, offering youth members various scholarship opportunities.
Also, providing the chance to attend trips and events at the National level to become more involved.
Social Justice
Our history is extraordinary, having recorded JACL Members marching alongside MLK. To us, it is invaluable to carry our organizational legacy by working with a variety of communities, joining together in solidarity.

Become a member

As a member of JACL, you will have the chance to be connected through a wide range of local programs and activities at the Chapter level.

19 February, 2023
Day of Remembrance (DOR) Event

On this day (February 19th) in 1942, President FDR authorized Executive Order No. 9066 — leading to the mass internment of Japanese Americans. Attend our event to remember what our community faced during this terrible time in our history.

This event will be held at RICE University and is open to the public.

4 June, 2023
General Membership Meeting

Please mark your calendar to join us at 3 pm for our General membership meeting with guest speaker; Dr. Suzuki, a Rice professor who will discuss the Japanese language.
We look forward to seeing our members — new & long-standing.

(Virtual attendance via ZOOM)

TBD, 2023
JACL Houston’s Next Event

All members are invited to attend. Please express your interest by joining our mailing list. You can send your Name, Email, and Phone number to: or by completing and submitting the field below to subscribe to our newsletter.
If you decide a membership aligns with your interests, please visit the “Become a Member” tab on top and follow the prompts.


We organize inclusive events for Members & Prospective Individuals

Attending events is a phenomenal way to stay up-to-date on what our chapter is doing and collectively ensure our voice is heard.

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