Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


Jul 11, 2012

The Asian Law Caucus (ALC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, and other civil rights groups have launched an online petition to urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign the TRUST Act (AB 1081-Ammiano), legislation that would place limits on the detention of California residents for immigration by local police.

Jul 05, 2012

Every week for the past couple of years, Bryan Kim could be found honing his leadership skills in a bungalow at San Gabriel High School.

He is one of 20 students who participate in an after-school program called Project HOPE, which started more than two years ago when APALC collaborated with UCLA’s Project HOPE to develop student leaders at San Gabriel High School.

Jul 05, 2012

APALC Executive Director Stewart Kwoh was recently awarded the National Education Association’s 2012 Ellison S. Onizuka Memorial Award, which recognizes an individual whose activities significantly impacts education and the achievement of equal opportunity for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Jul 03, 2012

Are you a 15 – 24 yr old youth or youth organization with an innovative idea on how you want to mobilize and empower your Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) community to get out and vote? We want you to make your idea into a reality.

Jul 03, 2012

On Sunday July 1, at the United Samoan Congregational Christian Church of South Los Angeles in Carson, more than 60 youth from all across Southern California came together to learn skills on how to make their voices heard. The daylong training, which was co-sponsored by APALC, APIA Vote, and Empowering the Pacific Islander Community (EPIC), gathered Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders together for one in a national series of voter mobilization trainings with the Norman Y. Mineta Leadership Institute.

Jun 29, 2012

On June 15, President Barack Obama announced the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) order allowing some undocumented students to apply for work permits and to be safe from deportation for a period of two years, subject to renewal.

Jun 28, 2012

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). With a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court ruled that the ACA is constitutional, but the federal government's power to terminate states’ Medicaid funds is limited.

Enacted in 2010, the ACA is designed to provide health insurance coverage to 32 million currently uninsured Americans. The constitutionality of the ACA was challenged in a series of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jun 28, 2012

LOS ANGELES – It was simply one amazing day for nearly a hundred youth and families on Tuesday, June 26 when APALC hosted the “Be Amazing Day of Service” at the Edward E. Roybal Learning Center.

Jun 26, 2012

This Tuesday, APALC joined civil rights and community leaders at the steps of Los Angeles City Hall to respond to the Supreme Court decision on Arizona SB 1070.  The news conference included L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa, ACLU of Southern California, MALDEF, NILC, as well as other civil rights, inter-faith, and labor organizations.

Jun 25, 2012

ALHAMBRA – U.S. Representative Judy Chu spoke at a APALC press conference today about a free naturalization workshop that will be held at First Baptist Church on Saturday.

Chu expressed her support for APALC’s naturalization efforts in the communities living in California. She stated that of more than 500,000 residents from China, 200,000 are eligible for citizenship.



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.