Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center



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.

New Orange County Collaborative Provides Immigration Services To Undocumented Youth, On 4th Anniversary Of DACA Program

Garden Grove, CA - Today marks the fourth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, authorized by President Obama in the summer of 2012.  With many undocumented young immigrants still not yet signed up for DACA, a new Orange County collaborative announced an expansion of free immigration services targeting immigrant families in the County.

New Translated Materials and Free Legal Clinic Available to Help Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Understand Prop 47

LOS ANGELES – Proposition 47 (“Prop 47”) is a state ballot measure passed in November 2014 that reclassifies certain low-level, non-violent felonies to misdemeanors.  Such reclassifications can improve job and housing opportunities as well as provide certain immigration protections.  However, Prop 47 only allows applications for reclassification for a limited period of time – until November 2017 – so time is running out to file a Prop 47 application. Despite many free legal clinics providing Prop 47 assistance, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) remain underrepresented among those seeking Prop 47 reclassification.




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
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356
도움이 필요하십니까: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
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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.