Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


Jun 19, 2017

Thirty-five years ago, on June 19, Vincent Chin was out at a local bar for his bachelor party. While he was enjoying himself with his friends, two men, Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz, confronted Chin. The two men were Chrysler workers and they confused Chin for being Japanese. During the confrontation, they were heard shouting racial slurs and saying, "It's because of you little motherf--ers that we're out of work." 

Jun 19, 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 Aamina Ahmed is the executive director of APIA Vote Michigan and has a long spree of working towards inclusion in the region, across race, ethnicity, and religion.

Jun 09, 2017

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) hosted its 8th annual Family Empowerment Festival at California State University, Los Angeles on May 13th, drawing over 800 families. The festival celebrated innovative end-of-year capstone projects by students from 13 Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley high schools – a true representation of the rich and diverse tapestry of communities and neighborhoods Advancing Justice-LA serves.

Jun 05, 2017

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - California, a project of Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus and Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, is sponsoring and strongly supporting a set of bills to promote inclusion, protect vulnerable communities and address the diverse needs of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities.

Jun 01, 2017

Our pro bono program is one of the lifelines of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA). We accomplish so much with the help of pro bono attorney and volunteers. This month, we are highlighting volunteer Shang Liu, a doctoral student at USC. 

May 25, 2017

May 2017, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) held its second annual Untold Civil Rights Stories writing contest. The purpose of the writing contest is to encourage students to learn about Asian American heroes and movements, and how these civil rights struggles may be relevant today in their own lives. Often, Asian American civil rights stories are not touched upon in classrooms. This contest is meant to inspire creativity, create interest and excitement in civil rights, and to recognize teachers who take the extra effort to teach their students about our untold civil rights stories.

May 12, 2017

On Monday night, at the dinner table, my 79-year-old grandpa asked my mom if he will be safe driving around since SB4 was signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Sunday, May 7th. I was speechless when my mom told me this over the phone. My family lives in Katy, Texas, a city within the Houston metropolitan area. I did not know what to tell her, and I couldn’t make any promises that SB4 would not affect our family.

May 09, 2017

You may know Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) as one of the leading civil rights organizations for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs). But, did you know that we’re big book lovers as well?

Apr 28, 2017

It was just 25 years ago when a jury’s unjust acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers for the severe beating of African American motorist, Rodney King, sparked community outrage and despair, launching the 1992 Los Angeles civil unrest, or Sa-I-Gu (“4/29” in Korean).

Apr 20, 2017

On Saturday, April 8th, I woke to maybe my 100th weekend citizenship clinic where I would be helping immigrants apply for naturalization. But, this day was different. I was going to assist my own community, Persians. The thought of this made me nervous. Is my Farsi good enough? I’m probably going to embarrass myself. Will I have proper etiquette? Am I dressed well enough so that they’ll trust I can give them proper advice? 



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
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356
도움이 필요하십니까: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
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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.