Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


Advancing Justice-LA Urges Undocumented Immigrants to Be Vigilant Amid Reports of Immigration Raids

LOS ANGELES -  This week, there have been multiple reports of immigrants being detained and deported, likely as a result of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implementing President Trump’s orders to increase immigration enforcement. This includes reports yesterday of raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Southern California and stories of individuals being deported for offenses that were deemed low priority under the Obama Administration. Because we expect such raids and deportations to continue, Advancing Justice-LA urges immigrants -- particularly those who are undocumented and out of status -- to know their rights and to make plans in case they are targeted.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Applauds Court of Appeals Ruling Refusing to Reinstate Travel Ban

LOS ANGELES – Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice), an affiliation of five civil rights organizations, reacts to the ruling on the travel ban executive order issued by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice stated the following:

API Immigration Town Hall 2017 & Vietnamese Legal Clinic

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - OC (Advancing Justice – OC), the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA), and BPSOS-CA will host a free legal workshop for Vietnamese immigrants that have questions regarding the new executive orders from President Donald Trump. This event will have attorneys present to provide free legal consultations to the first 30 attendees.

On The Front Lines at LAX: Immigration Project Director at Advancing Justice-LA Shares Her Story

On Sunday morning, I drove to the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. I had barely slept since President Trump signed an executive order banning immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the country. As an immigration attorney, I had to do something.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Condemns Executive Order Banning Immigrants and Refugees From Predominantly Muslim Countries

LOS ANGELES – Today, President Trump issued an executive order banning immigrants and refugees from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.  “We condemn today’s executive orders condoning fear and ignorance in the name of national security,” said Elica Vafaie, National Security and Civil Rights Attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus. “It’s a direct affront to communities still reeling from the spike in anti-Muslim violence and hate incidents since the election season.”

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Condemns Executive Orders on Immigration

LOS ANGELES – The new administration announced today the signing of several  inhumane and draconian executive orders intended to endanger immigrants and create fear in immigrant communities.  The executive orders include a promise to withhold federal funding to sanctuary cities, triple the number of immigration enforcement officers, add 500 border patrol officers, resurrect the controversial Secure Communities program, and implement mandatory detention of children and families at the border.

100 Days of Resistance

Advancing Justice-LA pledges “100 Days of Resistance” in response to what we expect from President Trump in his first 100 days in office – including an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for undocumented immigrants, the escalation of deportations, the targeting of Muslims for a registry or immigration ban, the undermining of public education, and the positioning of China as an economic “boogeyman.” 



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. 

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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.