Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


Jun 22, 2012

The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, is the nation’s largest Asian American legal and civil rights organization. APALC is looking for a part-time graphics design intern. The intern would do page design for external materials, and also create graphics for illustrations for APALC’s  policy work, including the organization’s support for the Dream Act, “Get Out the Vote” efforts, health care reform and immigrant rights. 

Jun 21, 2012

In light of President Barack Obama’s recent announcement about temporary relief for DREAMers, APALC will help undocumented Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) youth determine if they qualify for relief from deportation from the country.

Jun 14, 2012

This week, U.S. Representative Judy Chu and a coalition of Chinese American community groups announced a breakthrough in the House of Representatives regarding the passage of a bill expressing regret for the Chinese Exclusion Act.

Jun 13, 2012

It was May 1983. Stewart Kwoh, who had just co-founded the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), was reading the Los Angeles Times when he came across an article about the state court sentencing in the Vincent Chin case.

Jun 13, 2012

ALHAMBRA – The chatter of parents speaking Vietnamese, Chinese and Spanish languages filled the room during APALC’s Parent Leadership Program (PLP) End of the Year Dinner last month at the First Baptist Church.

Every year, PLP works with approximately 100 parents of K-12 students who live in the San Gabriel Valley and Lincoln Heights/Chinatown area. The program provides them with tools to advocate for their children’s education and build healthy communities.

Jun 12, 2012

Two U.S. Supreme Court rulings – which are expected to be issued within the next month – will significantly affect immigrants nationwide.

APALC is keeping a close eye on the results of two cases:  Arizona v. United States, which will rule on Arizona’s anti-immigrant S.B. 1070 law, which requires individuals to carry proof of legal immigration status and authorizes state law enforcement officers to check for those documents if the officers have suspicion of their status, often through racial profiling.

Jun 08, 2012

APALC is a co-sponsor of Vincent Chin 30: Standing Up Then and Now, presented by Asian Pacific Americans for Progress (APAP).  The event is a panel discussion with nonprofit, legal and judicial leaders that will be broadcast live via Google Hangout on June 23, 2012 at 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

Jun 07, 2012

Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed – a blogger, activist and writer – joined APALC in March as Voter Engagement Manager and will lead the organization’s electoral advocacy work this year.

May 29, 2012

APALC is providing a free citizenship workshop for the Chinese community in San Gabriel Valley from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2012. The workshop will be held at the First Baptist Church of Alhambra, 101 South Atlantic Boulevard, Alhambra, CA 91801.



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. 

English: 888.349.9695
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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.