Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Multilingual DACA Videos Now Available in Korean and Cantonese

By Tiffany Panlilio, DACA Legal Advocate

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles remains committed to assisting undocumented immigrant youth who qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which just celebrated its one-year anniversary earlier this month.

In that past year, Advancing Justice-Los Angeles has assisted over 1,700 DACA-eligible youth through its free weekly on-site workshops and in workshops held within the communities of Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Inland Empire.

Much mainstream media has focused on the program as mostly beneficial to the Latino community, often ignoring the fact that it is relevant to many other others, especially the Asian community. For example, South Korea (more than 7,000 applications) and the Philippines (more than 3,500) rank among the top ten countries of origin for DACA applicants. And with USCIS approvals at 98 percent, the program has shown tremendous promise for  undocumented youth by helping them obtain social security numbers, driver’s licenses, and the financial ability to proceed with their education and career goals through legal work permits. Nationally, over 400,000 applicants have been approved for the DACA program.

Earlier this summer, one powerful testimonial on the success of the program was shared at a joint press conference with Advancing Justice-Los Angeles and the Asian Youth Center in the San Gabriel Valley. Marcela Zhou, a now DACAmented youth, was one of the first to receive the DACA program’s benefits. Zhou was born in Mexicali, Mexico to Chinese immigrants from Guangdong, China. Zhou’s parents, being strong believers in education despite their humble financial standing, were able to provide Marcela and her sister with the opportunity to study in a public school in Calexico, CA. However more than six years ago, Zhou’s father and sister had their legal status revoked upon crossing the border because their visas were not updated.

“Unfortunately, a series of events separated our family and I have not physically seen my father and sister since 2007. Despite the hardship to my family, I went on to graduate from Calexico High School as the valedictorian of my class, and then attended Imperial Valley College, from which I transferred to UC San Diego in 2010. DACA was announced the day before my graduation from UCSD, and I am fortunate enough to have qualified. Life has definitely changed since then, and I am currently working as a clinical research coordinator while also taking steps to pursue my dream to become a physician.”

In an effort to continue to promote the benefits of this program, Advancing Justice-Los Angeles has launched multilingual videos to educate community members on what the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is, and answer its most frequently asked questions. The video -- “What Is Deferred Action?” -- is now available in Korean and Cantonese, bringing the total number of available languages to six. To view the informational videos, click on the links below:

English  Spanish  Mandarin  Cantonese  Korean  Thai

Advancing Justice-LA offers free legal assistance for those who are interested in applying for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for the first time or to renew their work permit for another two years. You can learn about upcoming FREE CLINICS here

For more information about the DACA program or to schedule an appointment, please email [email protected] or call our toll-free helplines:

DACA English: (213) 241-8885
DACA Spanish: (213) 241-8886
Main Line: 888-349-9695
Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese): 800-520-2356
Khmer: 800-867-3126
Korean: 800-867-3640
Tagalog: 855-300-2552
Thai: 800-914-9583
Vietnamese: 800-267-7395

For Legal Help

Advancing Justice - LA’s hotlines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, consumer, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights.

English: 888.349.9695
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356
도움이 필요하십니까?: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ: 800.914.9583


Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.