Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


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.” 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Applauds Dismantling of Special Registration & Urges Continued Vigilance on "Muslim Registry"​

LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced today that it will publish a regulation to rescind the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) program. Asian Americans Advancing Justice applauds advocates and the Administration for taking this critical step to protect Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) communities who President-elect Trump has vowed to place on a “registry” based on the false and biased assumption that people of a particular religion or nationality pose a greater national security risk and should be subject to racial and religious profiling.

Asian Americans Defending Affirmative Action File Papers to Join Harvard Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES - Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) has joined the lawsuit challenging Harvard’s race-conscious holistic admissions policy by filing papers on behalf of two prospective Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Harvard applicants who support affirmative action.

More Asian American Voters To Recieve Language Assistance In Elections

Census Bureau releases new list of counties required to provide bilingual voting assistance
LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Census Bureau released the new official list of jurisdictions that are required to provide bilingual voting assistance under Section 203 of the federal Voting Rights Act. A review of the list by the Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation (Advancing Justice) reveals that Section 203 now covers 45 Asian language groups located in 27 counties, boroughs, census areas or cities. This includes six new Asian language groups that have been added to Section 203 coverage since the previous list was released in 2011.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Opposes Nomination of Congressmember Tom Price As Health and Human Services Secretary

LOS ANGELES - As a national civil rights organization, Asian Americans Advancing Justice opposes the nomination of Congressmember Tom Price (R-Ga) as Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary. As a member of Congress, Rep. Price has been one of the lead critics of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and has repeatedly attempted to repeal or gut the ACA. 


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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.