In February 2009, the United States enacted a law that provided $198 million in one-time direct individual payments and official service recognition to Filipino veterans who fought for the United States in the Pacific theater of World War II.1 Under the payment program, Filipino veterans with U.S. citizenship will receive $15,000, while non-U.S. citizen Filipino veterans will receive $9,000.2 The payments and official recognition are the most recent victory in a battle for redress that Filipino veterans have waged for more than sixty years.
essence, this Comment is about strategy: what forum should reparations
movements choose to optimize their chances of success? While
reparations movements have largely defined themselves through
aspirational goals rather than specific definitions of reparations or
strategies for achieving redress,21 some scholars suggest that
reparations movements are increasingly achieving concrete results. As
Professor Ogletree puts it, ―[t]he issues are clear, the venues are
identified, and the time is now. My hope is that this Comment might
help those who seek redress to evaluate the available options.