Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


Advancing Justice-LA Joins “Resist Los Angeles” March in Commemoration of May Day

Today, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) joined a coalition of over 100 organizations rallying against policies and rhetoric by the current administration that threaten families, communities, and the nation’s values of justice, fairness, and equality.  Today’s Los Angeles May Day march is expected to be one of the largest in the country.  

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Applauds Federal Court Decision Blocking Trump’s Anti-Sanctuary Orders

U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick issued a nationwide preliminary injunction yesterday blocking the Trump administration from carrying out provisions in a January 25th executive order that threaten to cut federal grants to local and state governments that have been deemed to be “sanctuary jurisdictions.”

Over 30 Civil Rights Groups Condemn Trump’s Customs And Border Protection Proposal For Invasive Screening Of Chinese Travelers

Advancing Justice,  alongside a diverse group of civil rights, civil liberties, and community-based organizations, have signed on to a comprehensive letter to the U.S. Customs And Border Protection (CBP) condemning their proposal to collect social media identifiers from visitors from China. In light of Muslim Ban border policies that have been halted by federal judges and invasive screening practices that have discriminately targeted Muslim American travelers and travelers from Muslim-majority countries, our organizations are alarmed that Trump’s CBP now proposes to target visitors from China.

Advancing Justice Condemns AG Sessions’ Plans to Prosecute Undocumented Immigrants and Target Humanitarian Workers

LOS ANGELES  – Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday released a memo directing federal prosecutors to prioritize the prosecution of immigration status-related “crimes,” including an increase in felony charges for immigration status violations. The memo also prioritizes prosecution of people for transporting or harboring undocumented immigrants.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice, an affiliation of five civil rights organizations, condemns this memorandum in the following statement.

Advancing Justice-LA Joins Brief Seeking Stay of Sanctuary City Executive Order

Today, a federal district judge in San Francisco will hold a hearing to consider the County of Santa Clara’s request to block President Donald Trump’s January 25 executive order threatening to defund sanctuary cities. Sanctuary cities include those that enact policies that protect immigrant communities from unwarranted targeting based on race, ethnicity and immigration status.  Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA), together with three of our affiliate organizations, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and over thirty other organizations, signed onto an amicus curiae brief filed in support of Santa Clara’s request.  

Advancing Justice Supports Sherry Chen in Her Quest for Justice

In 2014, Chen, a Chinese American scientist who worked for the U.S. National Weather Service, was falsely accused of spying for China and unjustly prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice.  After being painted as a national security threat and having her life turned upside down, all the charges against her were suddenly dropped. She received no explanation or apology. Instead, the government fired her from her job.

Advancing Justice Condemns Latest Executive Order As Muslim Ban 2.0

Today, President Trump issued a new executive order which is essentially a “Muslim Ban 2.0” in that it reiterates key components of its prior ban on immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. The new order, issued less than a month after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit halted the original ban based on a preliminary finding that it violates the Constitution, continues to target immigrants and visitors from  Muslim majority countries. While Iraq has been dropped from the list, the other targeted countries remain: Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Iran, Syria, and Sudan. It also continues to suspend the refugee program, which has provided humanitarian relief to large numbers of people fleeing political strife in the banned Muslim countries and elsewhere.  

Advancing Justice Condemns Trump Proposal to Collect Private Social Media Data from Chinese Visitors, Encourages Public Comment

On Tuesday, February 21, the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) set forward a proposal to collect private social media information from Chinese visitors entering the U.S. on tourist and business visas. 


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Advancing Justice - LA’s hotlines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, consumer, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights.

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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.