Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


Obama urges Americans to learn Asian contributions to US

May 3 2012

Asian Journal

Commemmorates May Asian American Heritage month

To commemorate Asian American Heritage Month, President Obama is urging all Americans to learn more about the history and contributions of this group.

“This month, we reflect on the indelible ways AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) communities have shaped our national life,” the president said in a statement on May 1.

Read more »

Could the LA Riots Happen Again?

Apr 27 2012

New America Media-Asian

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.

Read more »

Reconocen a defensores de los inmigrantes

Apr 6 2012

La Raza

El asambleísta Gil Cedillo, el activista Stewart Kwoh, los trabajadores de lavado de autos que lograron formar un sindicato y los 34 abogados que conforman una red de defensa de inmigrantes fueron los homenajeados esta noche durante la gala anual de CHIRLA que este año fue bautizada como “Caminos a la promesa”.

Read more »

APALC Advocates for Language Assistance During 2012 Election Cycle

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 cove

Assembly Bill 1088

APALC co-sponsors Assembly Bill 1088, a bill that would break down state data by Asian American and Pacific Islander ethnic communities. Authored by Assemblymember Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park) and supported by dozens of community groups and thousands of community members, AB 1088 passes the state legislature and is signed into law by the Governor in late 2011.

Census 2010

APALC launches a California-wide effort to ensure an accurate count of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Census 2010, partnering with Asian American and NHPI organizations around the state and ultimately reaching at least 1.25 million individuals through ethnic media, social media, and other outreach.

Voter Mobilization

APALC spearheads its first voter mobilization effort targeting Asian American voters in Los Angeles County. Working in partnership with several community organizations, the project recruits volunteers to make bilingual phone calls to more than 21,000 Asian American voters during the 2006 primary and general elections.

H.R. 9/Voting Rights Act

After extensive advocacy, APALC celebrates the signing of H.R. 9, which renews three key provisions of the federal Voting Rights Act that would have otherwise expired in 2007. Among those provisions are Section 203, which requires states and counties to provide language assistance to voters. APALC provides testimony to Congress, the National Commission on the Voting Rights Act, and state commissions and legislators, on the barriers faced by Asian American and Pacific Islander voters. APALC’s work is cited on the floor of the U.S.



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
ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ: 800.914.9583

For any questions about DRAI, please visit:

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.