Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


Over 120 Organizations Urge All California K-12 Schools and Colleges To Be Designated As Sanctuary Schools and Campuses

LOS ANGELES - Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA), together with more than 120 community, education, health, faith, labor, student, and parent organizations in California, has released an open letter calling on California’s educational leaders to address the growing fear around deportation and the troubling spike in hate crimes, incidents, and bullying in K-12 schools and on college campuses since the election of Donald Trump. Coordinated by the College for All Coalition, the open letter calls for safe, inclusive, and equitable learning environments for California students, especially those who are most vulnerable. 

Advancing Justice-CA Urges White House to Rescind National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) Program

LOS ANGELES - Asian Americans Advancing Justice-California (Advancing Justice-CA), together with almost 200 human rights, civil liberties, education, social justice, and inter-faith organizations nationwide, has signed-on to a letter urging the White House to rescind the regulations that created the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) program, which could be used as a stepping-stone for President-elect Trump’s “Muslim database.”  NSEERS went into effect shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks in an attempt  to register and track non-immigrant visa holders from 25 countries, which disproportionately targeted Muslim, Arab, and South Asian visitors to the United States. It proved to be discriminatory, ineffective, and inefficient. In 2011 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) suspended the program.  However, because it was not dismantled, the program can easily be revived.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Opposes Nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

LOS ANGELES - As a national affiliation of civil rights organizations, Asian Americans Advancing Justice condemns the President-elect’s choice of Senator Jeff Sessions as United States Attorney General. Sessions has been a proponent of anti-immigrant policies at every turn. His record indicates an opposition to civil rights and he could use the nation's top legal position to fully disenfranchise and deny the rights of people of color, immigrants, and Muslim communities.


Asian Americans Advancing Justice Condemns Invocation of Japanese American Internment As Precedent for a Proposed Muslim Registry

LOS ANGELES – Asian Americans Advancing Justice, an affiliation of five civil rights organizations, called for swift condemnation of prominent Trump supporter Carl Higbie’s statements on Wednesday night suggesting that the internment of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II could serve as precedent for the proposed registry of immigrants from Muslim and Arab countries. 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Condemns President-elect’s Choice of Steve Bannon as Senior Advisor and Demands Bannon Be Replaced

LOS ANGELES - As a national civil rights organization, Asian Americans Advancing Justice condemns the President-elect’s choice of Steve Bannon as his chief strategist. His potential appointment gives tacit approval to Bannon’s known agenda against racial minorities, women, immigrants, Muslims, and the LGBT communities. 


LOS ANGELES – With the recent trend of substantive and meaningful roles on television that explore nuanced perspectives of Asians in America, NBC’s announcement of a new show in production called “Mail Order Family” is a leap backward in the depiction of Asians and Asian Americans on television.  As one of the few television shows either on air or in production to feature Asian Americans, it is an outrage that NBC has chosen to address the plight of mail-order brides and human trafficking as a family comedy. 

Significant Increase In Number of Anti-Chinese and Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes In Los Angeles County in 2015

LOS ANGELES – Today, the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission released its 2015 Hate Crimes Report. After a seven-year downward trend, hate crimes in Los Angeles County jumped 24 percent in 2015 (from 390 to 484 cases).  Statewide, hate crimes also increased in 2015, but by only 10 percent. 

Legislation Addressing Bullying and Harassment of Muslim and Sikh Students Signed by Governor Brown

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown has signed a historic bill, Assemblymember Das Williams’ Assembly Bill (AB) 2845, that will protect vulnerable Muslim and Sikh students who are facing bullying in school. At a time when other political leaders are fomenting hate, Governor Brown has sent an important signal that Californians will protect our children from that hate.


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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.