Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


Trinity Law Associates Suit

APALC represents a group of 28 Korean immigrant homeowners against in a lawsuit against Trinity Law Associates, a law office that falsely advertised that homeowners could prevent foreclosure and reduce mortgage debt by hiring Trinity for "loan litigation" services. The lawsuit alleges that Trinity targeted Korean immigrant homeowners at risk of foreclosure and charged thousands of dollars for services and benefits that Trinity never provided, causing many homeowners to actually lose their homes.

Equal Marriage Rights

APALC is co-counsel on and helps organize a coalition of 63 local, state, and national Asian American organizations to endorse an amicus brief in support of equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples. The brief filed with the California Supreme Court highlights the shared history of marriage discrimination between Asian immigrants and gay and lesbian couples. 

Kim v. Shin

Kim v Shin: APALC represents four Koreatown tenants who endured uninhabitable living conditions in their apartments, while required to pay full rent, as their landlords began a condominium conversion that turned their units into construction zones. When the tenants filed complaints with the city, the landlords retaliated by illegally raising the rent. In July 2008, a jury decided in favor of the tenants, finding that tenants have a right to live in healthy and safe homes and to be free of abusive landlords, and giving the tenants a judgment of over $572,000.

Gonzalez v. Abercrombie & Fitch

Gonzalez v Abercrombie & Fitch: APALC is part of the legal team that sues Abercrombie & Fitch, charging that the hiring and employment practices at one of the nation’s largest clothing retailers discriminate against Asian American, Latino, and African American applicants and employees. The class action lawsuit settles in November 2004, with a significant payment to Asian American, Latino, and African American employees and applicants as well as changes in the company’s operations and marketing practices. 

Fashion 21 v. Garment Worker Center

Fashion 21 v. Garment Worker Center: During the workers’ rights litigation against Forever 21, the owners of Forever 21 file a lawsuit for defamation and libel against their 19 former workers, advocacy groups and the staff of these organizations. The company alleges defamation for pickets and leaflets that called on Forever 21 to take responsibility for sweatshop conditions in which their clothes are made. APALC initially represents the workers in this case, but after the workers are dropped, APALC joins co-counsel for the organizations.

Castro v. Forever 21, Inc.

Castro v. Forever 21, Inc.: APALC, representing 19 Latino garment workers from six different sweatshops, files a lawsuit against Forever 21 and several manufacturers and contractors making clothing for Forever 21 alleging unfair and unlawful business practices and seeks unpaid wages, damages, and penalties. Although the case is initially dismissed with prejudice by the U.S. District Court, APALC briefs, argues, and wins a Ninth Circuit appeal.

Garment Worker Cases

Garment worker cases: APALC brings and resolves a number of cases on behalf of low-wage, immigrant garment workers, over the next few years.  APALC represents both Asian and Latino garment workers, and takes on contractors and name brand manufacturers and retailers such as Reebok, BCBG Maz Azria, XOXO, bebe, etc.

El Monte Sweatshop

72 Thai garment workers are found enslaved in an El Monte sweatshop, held behind barbed wire and under armed guard, some for as long as seven years. An additional 22 Latino garment workers are discovered in a front shop. After years trapped in a sweatshop, the workers are placed into detention by the federal immigration agency. APALC works with other community activists to free the workers from detention and to secure their legal status in the U.S. In Bureerong v.



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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.