Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


May 25, 2012

With respect to the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (Asian American and NHPI) communities, one out of six adults and one out of 10 children nationwide lack health insurance. This means there are an estimated 2.3 million Asian Americans and 162,000 Pacific Islanders nationwide who could be eligible for health coverage under President Obama's landmark health reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

May 23, 2012

Ms. T*, a Cambodian American single mother who lives in Los Angeles, is a domestic violence and cancer survivor. She also is one of more than 1.4 million individuals in California who receive aid through the state’s welfare to work program, CalWORKs, but may soon be left without help.

May 22, 2012

APALC is pleased to welcome Veronica Gutierrez, vice president of local public affairs for Southern California Edison (SCE), to its Board of Directors. Gutierrez is responsible for SCE community and government relations at the municipal and county levels, and also for licensing for SCE’s major transmission projects.

May 22, 2012

APALC’s Health Access Project supports the introduction of the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2012 (“HEAA”), S.2472, into the United States Senate on April 26, 2012. The Health Access Project is committed to address the diverse health care needs of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (Asian Americans and NHPIs) throughout California and urges you and your organizations to support the HEAA.

May 21, 2012

During an APALC naturalization workshop in Orange County on Monday, May 21, representatives from the office of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and State Senator Lou Correa presented certificates of appreciation to Hung Nguyen, the Manager of Development at Nguoi Viet Daily News – the first and largest daily newspaper published in Vietnamese in the United States.

May 17, 2012

The Parent Organization Network (PON) is a congregation of grassroots parent organizations that strive for equal learning opportunity for children of color in our own local public education systems including the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Montebello Unified School District (MUSD), Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), Lynwood Unified School District (LUSD), and Manhattan Beach Unified School District (MBUSD).

May 08, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO – On April 27, more than 800 members of the legal and civil rights community attended the 40th anniversary dinner of the Asian Law Caucus (ALC), which like the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), is a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice.  ALC honored the tireless pro bono and workers’ rights efforts of Davis, Cowell, and Bowe, LLP and the courageous activists advocating immigrant rights behind the Asian American Legal Advocacy Center, Inc.(AALAC), the Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. (CPACS), and OCA-Georgia.

May 07, 2012

APALC staff attorney Carmina Ocampo was named Community Advocate of the Year by the Philippine American Bar Association (PABA) at their annual installation dinner in February 2012.  Ocampo received the recognition for her commitment to serving the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities through legal advocacy on a wide range of social justice issues.

May 07, 2012

The United States Supreme Court recently heard arguments from the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) legal challenge to Arizona’s sweeping anti-immigrant law S.B. 1070, which requires state and local law enforcement officers to detain and investigate residents based on the suspicion that they are undocumented.  It also purports to authorize state and local law enforcement officers to make warrantless arrests for alleged violations of immigration laws independent of federal authority to do so.    

May 07, 2012

In our January 2012 litigation newsletter, we introduced you to the case of Ms. Sakina Begum who both suffered sexual harassment on the job and was sued by her former employer, Desh Management, its owners and the supervisor who sexually harassed her for defamation because she sought help to end the harassment.  The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) and pro bono counsel Caldwell Leslie continue to pursue Ms. Begum’s case, including her affirmative sexual harassment and wage and hour claims.  They recently were successful in obtaining favorable discovery rulings against the plaintiffs in Los Angeles County Superior Court. 



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