Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


Governor Brown Signs Legislation Requiring Notices on Workplace Labor Laws at Nail Salons

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assemblymember Phil Ting’s Assembly Bill (AB) 2437.  The bill, sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice–California (Advancing Justice-CA) and The Oakland Work and Health Program, will require nail salons and other establishments regulated by the state Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (BBC) to post a workplace notice explaining applicable wage and hour law requirements in multiple languages, so that all employers and employees are provided meaningful notice of their workplace rights and responsibilities, and the resources available should there be any violations. The notice must be posted by July 1, 2017. This bill requires the Labor Commissioner to consult with the BBC to draft the notice and the required translations.

Bank of America, O’Melveny & Myers LLP and Advancing Justice-LA Partner for Citizenship Clinic

In late July 2016, in an innovative pro bono collaboration, members of the Bank of America in-house legal department volunteered alongside attorneys and staff from the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP at a citizenship services clinic.  Under the guidance of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA’s Citizenship Project, over 50 volunteers helped to provide over 30 individuals with naturalization services that day.  

New America Media, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Ready California, and WHIAAPI Discuss Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals

WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, July 28, 2016, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), which is housed within the Department of Education, participated in a media roundtable to discuss Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and its implications for individuals of Asian and Pacific Islander descent.


NBC News: We 'Finally Feel At Home': How DACA Has Changed Lives Across America

Jun 15 2016

Four years after President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, more than 728,000 young undocumented immigrants have been approved for the program.

"I'm as productive and as much of a part of this community, part of this country, as anyone else who have come here with nothing and tried their best to make the best of themselves," Ivy Teng Lei, 25, told NBC News.

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Asian Journal: Supreme Court tied on immigration ruling

Jun 23 2016

Deadlocked decision leaves fate of undocumented immigrants hanging

The Supreme Court arrived at a deadlocked decision on President Barack Obama’s contested immigration policies on Thursday, June 23, leaving the fate of as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. uncertain.

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Manila Bulletin: Asian, many out of shame, not seeking U.S. deportation protection

Jun 21 2016

By Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters

South Korean-born Hyun Kim feels American to his bones, but the undocumented immigrant has failed to seek protection from deportation under a program launched by President Barack Obama to shield young people brought to the United States as children. The 20-year-old Kim, who dreams of attending a U.S. college and works as a barista in the Virginia town where he grew up, is like many of the more than 100,000 Asian immigrants who are eligible for Obama’s program but have not applied.

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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.