Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


Nov 09, 2017
Nov 06, 2017

Nak Kim (“Rickie”) Chhoeun and his family fled the Khmer Rouge and arrived in the United States when he was only six years old. Now, he and over a hundred other Cambodian refugees have been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with final deportation orders. These are the largest raids to ever target the Cambodian community and nearly 2,000 other Cambodian refugees across the country are still at risk of being unlawfully arrested.

Nov 01, 2017

Matelita Fifita reflects on her journey to better health after being diagnosed with stage three breast cancer with her daughter, Melevesi Fifita-Talavou.  Matelia shares her experience having to postpone treatment because she lacked health insurance to cover costly screening services. With guidance from PIHP and other local organizations, Matelita was able to get health coverage and has been cancer free for six years now.

Oct 12, 2017

California needs to work harder to ensure ballot access for limited-English speaking voters. I should know – I’ve been fighting for bilingual ballots for over 50 years.

Aug 25, 2017

#WomensEqualityDay celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment, which expanded voting rights to women in 1920 -- at least, to white women. However, most people of color, including women of color, did not technically or effectively gain the right to vote until decades later.

Aug 18, 2017

For the past month, the students in my citizenship class have been learning about American civics in preparation for naturalization. In particular, they learned about all of the wars the U.S. has been a part of and the lessons that we have learned from them. They learned about the Civil War and the importance of equality when the northern states defeated the south and abolished slavery. They also learned about World War II and how entire nations had to come together to fight against hate and the Nazis in Germany.

Aug 10, 2017

My parents cried when I did not get into UC Berkeley. My dad literally held the denial letter in his hands and cried. I cried, too. All my life I had been told to go to Berkeley and suddenly, I wasn't allowed. What was worse was that one of my best friends, a Latina, had gotten accepted. Despite the fact that California banned its universities to consider race in admissions at that time due to Proposition 209, life as an 18-year-old was horrible and we didn't know what else to do but blame affirmative action. 

Aug 02, 2017

On August 2, 1995, 72 undocumented Thai garment workers were freed from a suburban slave shop after years of exploitation.  Advancing Justice-LA, in partnership with the Thai Community Development Center and other community-based organizations, provided legal assistance to the 72 garment workers and filed the lawsuit Bureerong v. Uvawas, widely considered the first modern human trafficking case in United States history. 

Jul 28, 2017

Overnight, the Senate rejected Republican legislation to repeal and replace the ACA after a week of debate and unprecedented fast-track procedures that reduced transparency. While the Republicans’ attempts to repeal ACA are over for now, we cannot let our guards down. We came too close to stripping millions of Americans of health care and putting their lives in jeopardy.

Jun 21, 2017

This week marks the 35th anniversary of Vincent Chin’s tragic beating and subsequent death. Asian Americans Advancing Justice commemorates this anniversary by sharing conversations with people who were involved with or were affected by Vincent Chin’s case.

Today’s conversation is with Marita Etcubañez, director of strategic initiatives at Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC. 



Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday

For more information or to apply to DRAI, please call: 

Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese)  (213) 241-8872
Khmer  (213) 241-8877
Korean  (213) 241-8873
Tagalog  (213) 241-8874
Thai  (213) 241-8875
Vietnamese  (213) 241-8876
English/Other, Non-Spanish  (213) 241-8880
Spanish/English** (CARECEN)  (213) 315-2659
Spanish/English** (CHIRLA)  (213) 201-8700
 (213) 395-9547

*This list will continue to expand.
** Spanish assistance available through CARECEN & CHIRLA.
***We are experiencing heavier call volume than usual. We highly encourage you to call your native language phone line, the wait time may be shorter. 

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.