Founded in 1973, OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization whose stated mission is to advance the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States. APAs now number more than 17 million.In 2013, OCA's National Board of Directors passed a resolution to change its name to OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates to reflect a more expansive mission to represent the pan-ethnic interests of the community.OrganizationThe OCA National Center is located in Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. and serves as the headquarters for OCA. The national office and staff monitor legislation and policy issues affecting Asian Pacific Americans. In addition, OCA is able to build national support and to work in coalition with other national groups around issues affecting Asian Pacific Americans.OCA takes no collective position on the politics of any foreign country, but instead focuses on the welfare and civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States.GoalsThe goals of OCA are to: Advocate for social justice, equal opportunity and fair treatment Promote civic participation, education, and leadership Advance coalitions and community building Foster cultural heritage To achieve these goals, OCA is engaged in organizing 80 chapters and affiliates across the nation to develop both leadership and community involvement.HistoryOCA was founded in 1973 to give voice and representation to Chinese Americans across the United States. Interest in civil rights advocacy had been growing in Chinese American communities since the late 1960s. OCA founders, among them Kung-Lee (K.L.) Wang, recognized a need for an organization to advocate for Chinese Americans on the national level in the same way as the NAACP and the JACL advocated for their respective ethnic groups.