Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


May 03, 2012

Later this year, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (UT). The Court will consider a challenge to the constitutionality of UT’s consideration of race as one factor in a holistic, individualized review of about 25 percent of its undergraduate applicants’ admissions profiles.

Two years ago when the Fisher case was before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice), whose members are Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), Asian American Institute (AAI) and Asian Law Caucus (ALC), filed an amicus, or friend-of-the court, brief to support UT’s admissions policy. 

May 02, 2012

The Asian American Institute (AAI) in Chicago -- which like APALC, is a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice -- hosted its 14th annual Milestone Awards at Harold Washington Library on April 17.

May 01, 2012

Daniel Kikuo Ichinose, APALC’s Demographic Research Project Director, will take part in a presentation at a forum hosted by the U.S. Census Bureau and Asian American Justice Center on recent demographics of Asian American communities in the United States.

The forum, which will take place on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 from noon to 2:30 p.m. EDT, will cover the statistics of the American Community Survey and the 2010 Census.

May 01, 2012

APALC Staff Attorney Jacqueline Dan, who conducts legal services out of our Orange County office, is being honored by State Senator Lou Correa and Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) with an API Emerging Leader Award/Community Impact Award, in honor of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month this May.

Apr 26, 2012


The Asian Pacific American Legal Center and the Asian American Justice Center, members of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, are among more than two dozen Asian American advocacy organizations that have signed on to a letter directed to Washington D.C. council member Marion Barry demanding a formal apology for his latest xenophobic and racist comments.

Apr 26, 2012

by Stewart Kwoh
APALC President and Executive Director

Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles civil unrest – or Sa-I-Gu (Korean for 4-29) the day in 1992 that community outrage erupted hours after a jury’s unjust acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers who severely beat an African American motorist, Rodney King.  Fifty-four individuals died during the six days of unrest. Another 2,400 were injured. Businesses were looted and destroyed, resulting in an estimated $1 billion dollars in property damage. About half of the damage occurred to Korean-owned businesses. 

Apr 25, 2012

Jim Shee was driving to his birthday party in Phoenix on April 6, 2010 when a police officer pulled him over and asked him for his “papers.”

“I asked him why he had stopped me,’’ recalled Shee, a lifelong U.S. citizen of Spanish and Chinese descent who lives in Litchfield Park, Arizona. “He said I looked suspicious.”

Mar 26, 2012

APALC is carrying out poll monitoring efforts during the June 5 primary election and the November 6 general election to make sure that immigrant and limited English speaking voters have adequate access to language assistance on Election Day.  APALC trains volunteers and sends them to poll sites across Los Angeles and Orange Counties to check whether voters have proper access to translated election materials and bilingual poll workers. 

Mar 26, 2012

By Yungsuhn Park
APALC Senior Staff Attorney
I was in middle school when I witnessed the violence and destruction of the Los Angeles Civil Unrest that began on April 29, 1992. When I returned home after school and turned on the TV, there was live news coverage of the Rodney King verdict and the anger and violence growing at the intersection of Florence and Normandie in South Los Angeles.

Mar 26, 2012

During this presidential election year, APALC is working with a number of organizations across California to ensure that Asian American voters have full access to their rights, including their rights to language assistance under Section 203 of the federal Voting Rights Act.  In jurisdictions covered by Section 203, voters with limited English proficiency have access to translated voting materials, such as voter registration forms and ballot materials, and bilingual election officials at polli



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