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Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez celebrated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in a recent ceremony honoring two prominent community members for their professional and personal contributions to the Asian community.

The Honorable Edmond E. Chang (left), United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois and Chicago Police Sergeant Norman Kwong (right) both received the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Community Service Award during the ceremony.

Judge Chang was the youngest federal judge in the nation and the first Asian Pacific American Article III federal judge in Illinois when he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in December of 2010.  Prior to joining the judiciary, Judge Chang was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, prosecuting a wide variety of federal offenses, including child exploitation, firearms and drug trafficking crimes.  Judge Chang is a long time contributor to the Asian Pacific American legal community, mentoring law students and serving as a guest speaker at schools and conferences throughout the country.

Sergeant Kwong is a 15-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department who began his career as a probationary police officer in the 20th District.  Sgt. Kwong has worked in several areas of the Chicago Police Department, including the Organized Crime Division where he was assigned to the Vice Enforcement and Vice Analysis teams, where he played a critical role in the investigation, arrest and prosecution of several individuals who were involved in Human Trafficking in several Asian communities.  Sgt. Kwong  returned to the 20th District as the Community Policing Sergeant where he created programs to engage and build relationships between police, residents and other community stakeholders.  Sgt. Kwong is active in the Asian Pacific American law enforcement community, currently serving as the 2nd Vice President for the National Asian Peace Officers’ Association and is the immediate Past President of the Asian American Law Enforcement Association.

The ceremony took place on May 8, at the Chinese American Service League in Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood.

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