Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


Aug 09, 2012

Thirteen years ago today, on August 10, 1999, a self-professed white supremacist shot and killed Filipino American postal worker Joseph Ileto, after shooting five people at the North Valley Jewish Center in Granada Hills.  The only fatality of the hate-motivated shootings that day, Joseph was killed because he looked “Latino or Asian” and because he was a federal employee.  The shooter was sentenced to life in prison without parole. 

Aug 08, 2012

by John J. Lopez

In my day job, I’m a legal advocate for the Asian Pacific American Legal Center.  But I’m also the grandson of one of APALC’s most recent clients – my 81-year old grandmother.  My grandmother had been a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) since 1987 and in 2009, after my grandfather passed away, she decided to become a U.S. citizen.  At 81 years old, becoming an American citizen would be like winning an Olympic gold medal for my grandmother – the culmination of her long immigrant journey from Cebu, Philippines to the United States and an affirmation of her three decades in the United States.

Aug 06, 2012

APALC is providing free legal assistance to undocumented youth (DREAMers) who seek to apply for deferred action status, which is both relief from deportation and work authorization. 

Aug 03, 2012

Join the Health Justice Network for a webinar Friday, August 10th to learn how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) can help Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (Asian Americans and NHPIs). Health Access Project Director, Doreena Wong, will share how health care reform is being implemented in California and the impact of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on Asian Americans and NHPIs in the state. The ACA could greatly benefit close to 2.5 million Asian Americans and NHPIs across the country who will be eligible for health coverage for the first time by January 1, 2014.

Jul 26, 2012

Our early twenties are often seen as the time in life in which we build the foundations of our future. But for me, my twenties have been mostly a struggle of survival.

I grew up the third child of five in a 2nd-generation Filipino immigrant family in Carson. Ever since I was a child, I studied hard to keep myself on the honors track in school. My goal always has been to be the first person in my family to graduate from a four-year university.

Jul 23, 2012

On Wednesday July 18, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), MALDEF, the Dream Bar Association, and a coalition of civil rights and legal groups filed an amicus brief with the California Supreme Court in the case In re Sergio C. Garcia on Admission to support undocumented law school graduate Sergio C. Garcia’s application to join the California Bar.

Jul 19, 2012

Come join us on September 27th and 28th for the fourth annual Advancing Justice Conference at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers! This national civil rights and social justice event brings together Asian Americans from diverse ethnic and professional backgrounds to address a broad range of issues facing our community.

Jul 18, 2012

OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States, is honoring APALC Executive Assistant Clara Chiu with a 2012 OCA Unsung Heroes Award for her work with OCA-Greater Los Angeles (OCA-GLA).  She will receive the award at the OCA Gala Awards on Saturday, August 4, 2012, during OCA’s annual National Convention in Las Vegas.

Jul 12, 2012

The Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) and the Asian American Institute (AAI) released a collection of compelling stories from Asian American business owners, “Overlooked: The Asian American Contractor Experience.”

Jul 12, 2012

Scarlette Jin Hee Kim was filling out college applications when she fully realized the limitations of being an undocumented youth.

“When I was in Pittsburgh, I had plans to go to college around Pennsylvania, but then realized I could not go to college there because I was undocumented,’’ said Scarlette, now 20. “When I asked my parents for my social security number, and they did not have it, I felt weak and alone.”



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

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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.