About Us

Hamkae Center organizes Korean and Asian Americans to achieve social, economic, and racial justice. Through community organizing, public policy advocacy, civic engagement, and youth leadership development, Hamkae Center works to build a future in which low- and middle-income, immigrant, people of color, and marginalized communities can fully participate in U.S. society and work together as makers of lasting change.


We develop holistic programs and campaigns that are guided by community members and meet immediate needs, while building Asian American community power to make long-term systemic changes that address the root causes of these needs and centers human connections. We believe that Asian Americans, low-income folks, working class people, immigrants, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and other targeted people must work together in order to have a more just and equitable Virginia for all.


NAKASEC (National Korean American Service & Education Consortium) is a dynamic grassroots-based organization founded in 1994 by local community centers to project a progressive voice and promote the full participation of Korean Americans and Asian Americans within the social justice movement. Its mission is to organize Korean and Asian Americans to achieve social, economic and racial justice. Local affiliates are located in Illinois, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and more to come. The Virginia chapter was established in 2012 as NAKASEC VA, and current programs include Community Organizing, Civic Engagement, Community Services, and Leadership Development.



NAKASEC was founded by local Korean American organizations from across the nation who saw the need for a prominent, national voice for the Korean and Asian American communities in the United States. To guide their organizing, our founders developed the following principles:

Live Right

(바르게 살자)

Know Your Roots

(뿌리를 알자)

Live Strong

(굳세게 살자)

Live Together

(더불어 살자)

These original organizing principles are the core values that the NAKASEC network uses to guide our work today. Read more about our values on NAKASEC’s site!

Recognitions & Accomplishments

Hamkae Center has been selected by the Catalogue for Philanthropy for its 2021-22 class as a critical local non-profit of the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area!