Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


Mar 21, 2012

By Doreena Wong

Health Access Project Director

The Asian American community needs health care reform.

The facts speak for themselves: One out of six adults, and one out of 10 children lacks health insurance. For Koreans, the number jumps to almost one out of three. Asian Americans are twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to have not seen a health professional in the last five years. As a consequence, many Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders suffer from health disparities such as disproportionately high rates of cancer (which is the leading cause of death in our community), heart disease, stroke and diabetes. We also account for the largest proportion of tuberculosis and chronic hepatitis B cases. Koreans are more than twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to contract hepatitis.

Mar 21, 2012

Marvin Andrade joined the APALC family four months ago as our Leadership Development Director.   

Tell us a little about yourself.

My family and I immigrated to this country as refugees from El Salvador in the early 1980s. We lived as undocumented immigrants for many years until 1987 when we adjusted our status through the 1986 Amnesty.  I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and was the first person in my entire family to graduate high school and then college.  I attended USC with the help of scholarships and a full-time job, obtaining degrees in Political Science and International Studies.

Sep 02, 2011

Inside This Issue of Voice for Justice, APALC's Newsletter:

APALC Citizenship Work Expands Nationally
Message from the Executive Director
APALC’s Redistricting Campaign Influences Commission Maps
APALC Expands Services to Thai Community
Affiliate spotlight: Asian American Justice Center (AAJC)
Board Member Spotlight: Manisha K. Merchant
APALC Commemorates 12th Anniversary of Hate Crime Killing
Asian American Center for Advancing Justice Launches National Demographic Report
Defeating the Model Minority Myth: Education Equity for AAPI Students

Mar 02, 2011

Inside This Issue of Voice for Justice, APALC's Newsletter:

APALC and Partners Launch Redistricting Campaign
Message from the Executive Director
APALC launches first Vietnamese family law workshops in nation
APALC launches campaign for new citizens
Staff Spotlight: Kevin Barnes
APALC Challenges Central Valley Hospital Over English-Only Policy
Affiliate Spotlight: Asian Law Caucus
Julie Su appointed as state labor comissioner

Sep 02, 2010

Inside This Issue of Voice for Justice, APALC's Newsletter:

Census 2010: a Chance for the API Community to Count and Be Counted
Message from the Executive Director
APALC Co-Hosts Inaugural Advancing Justice Conference
APALC Celebrates its 26th Anniversary
APALC Leads Coalition in Filing Legal Brief Supporting Immigrant College Students
Mayer Brown Funds Public Interest Fellow
Dolly Gee Confirmed
Farewell to Aileen Almeria Louie
APALC Staff Honored for Outstanding Achievement




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.