Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


How Do You Explain Hate?

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.


Advancing Justice Condemns the Acts of Terror and Hate Displayed By White Supremacists

The world witnessed a domestic act of terror and an ugly display of hate as white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. Yesterday, white nationalists turned their violent message into action as a driver plowed into a crowd of anti-racism counter protesters, killing one person and injuring several others.

Advancing Justice Condemns Administration's Use of DOJ's Civil Rights Division to Further Its Anti-Civil Rights Goals

Washington, D.C. —  The White House is preparing to commit resources of the U.S. Department of Justice’s civil rights division to investigate and sue universities over their affirmative action policies. The Trump administration’s new project will threaten decades of progress in civil rights, which have provided tremendous benefits to Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and other minority groups.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice), an affiliation of five civil rights organizations, issues the following statement:

Advancing Justice Calls Latest Trump Move Targeted Discrimination

Advancing Justice Calls Latest Trump Move Targeted Discrimination
America Should Have Pride in Transgender Service Members

LOS ANGELES, CA – July 27, 2017 – Today, the Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) affiliation responded to the latest developments in the Trump Administration’s announcement that it will ban people who are transgender from the military.  

Advancing Justice, an affiliation of five civil rights organizations, issued the following statement:

Asian Americans Support Xi Family Lawsuit Over False Spying Charges

Asian Americans in California and across the country are joining together in support of the family of Professor Xiaoxing Xi, a renowned American scientist and the former chair of the physics department at Temple University who was falsely accused of spying for China. This week, family members of Professor Xi have joined his lawsuit against the FBI and government for their unlawful actions. Asian Americans are calling for an end to the growing numbers of wrongful prosecutions against American scientists of Asian descent who are being targeted as threats to national security because of their race and ethnicity. 

Advancing Justice-LA, CAIR-LA and CLUE Call on City Officials to Address Recent Hate Crimes

ANAHEIM, CA -  The Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA), Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA), and Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) today called on Los Angeles city officials to address a spate of apparent hate crimes targeting minorities in the area. In a recent incident, a man allegedly yelled anti-Muslim epithets while defacing a Buddha statue in L.A.’s Palms neighborhood.

Five Civil Rights Organizations Oppose Latest Immigration Actions in the House

LOS ANGELES ―  Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) introduced a set of anti-immigrant bills that are scheduled for a vote later this week. These are the latest in a line of bills that outline a clear anti-immigrant strategy by House leadership and this administration. 

Advancing Justice Disappointed in Supreme Court Decision to Reinstate Portions of Muslim Ban

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear the government's appeal of the lower court rulings blocking the Muslim ban. The court also reinstated part of the administration's Muslim ban, restricting some travelers from six Muslim-majority countries. It allows foreign nationals with close familial relationships with someone in the U.S. to live with or visit the United States. It also allows workers who accept an offer of employment from an American company, students enrolled in an American university, or a lecturer invited to address an American audience to come to the United States. 



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.