Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


Immigrant and Worker Groups Launch Drive to Educate Employers on How to Protect Businesses and Employees from ICE

Immigrant community groups in Los Angeles, in partnership with national worker and immigrant rights organizations, launched a public education campaign today to educate employers on how to protect their businesses and employees in case of an immigration raid or enforcement action in the workplace. 

Hundreds of Port Truck Drivers Settle Landmark Class Action Lawsuit for $5 Million

On July 14, 2016, the Wage Justice Center and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) reached a $5 million class action wage and hour settlement on behalf of nearly 400 immigrant Latino and Korean American port truck drivers against a port trucking company comprised of intertwined corporate entities.

Why I Support Affirmative Action at Harvard

This month, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, a national affiliation of civil rights organizations focused on serving the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, and several prospective AAPI Harvard students joined a diverse group of black, Latino, and Native American students to support Harvard's race-conscious admissions program against attacks that the program intentionally discriminates against Asian American applicants. I am one of those students.

Vietnamese Nail Salon Workers Sue to Challenge Exploitative Labor Practices Plaguing Industry

ORANGE COUNTY - On Wednesday, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice) and Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP filed a complaint in the Orange County Superior Court on behalf of four Vietnamese nail salon workers formerly employed at Tustin Nail Spa, a popular nail salon in Orange County, California. During their many years as manicurists at the salon, the workers endured some of the most common unlawful wage and hour practices endemic in the industry, including long hours without meal and rest breaks, not receiving minimum wage and overtime compensation, incurring unlawful deductions from wages for using salon equipment and supplies, and being forced to work “off the clock.”

Free Legal Clinic Targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Orange County With Criminal Justice and Immigration Issues

GARDEN GROVE, CA – Because the legal needs of  Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) in Orange County are significantly underserved due to language, culture and other barriers, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Orange County (Advancing Justice-OC) is hosting a free legal clinic on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10 am to 1 pm at 1618 West 1st Street in Santa Ana.  Held in partnership with the Vietnamese Community of Orange County, Inc. (VNCOC) and other legal and community organizations, the clinic will provide free legal assistance to individuals interested in Proposition 47 (felony reduction) reclassification, as well as free immigration screenings, including assistance with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Chinese Immigrant Worker Collects Over $9,000 in Unpaid Wages from San Gabriel Valley Employer

LOS ANGELES - On June 9, 2016, Mr. Facun Min, a 53-year old Chinese immigrant, recovered $9,187 of unpaid wages and penalties from his former employer, A Plus Adult Day Healthcare Center in El Monte. In addition to $1,473 in unpaid wages, the employer was also penalized $7,714 for meal and rest break violations and failure to pay the minimum wage. 

Filipino Bakery Workers Receive T Visas After Being Trafficked from the Philippines

LOS ANGELES – After a year-long legal battle resulting in a $15.2 million default judgment last month, the 11 Filipino workers who sued the owners of L’Amande French Bakery were also recently granted T visas, also known as T Nonimmigrant Status. T visas provide victims of human trafficking temporary legal status and work authorization and allow them to bring their families to the U.S.  



Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday

For more information or to apply to DRAI, please call: 

Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese)  (213) 241-8872
Khmer  (213) 241-8877
Korean  (213) 241-8873
Tagalog  (213) 241-8874
Thai  (213) 241-8875
Vietnamese  (213) 241-8876
English/Other, Non-Spanish  (213) 241-8880
Spanish/English** (CARECEN)  (213) 315-2659
Spanish/English** (CHIRLA)  (213) 201-8700
 (213) 395-9547

*This list will continue to expand.
** Spanish assistance available through CARECEN & CHIRLA.
***We are experiencing heavier call volume than usual. We highly encourage you to call your native language phone line, the wait time may be shorter. 

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.