Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


Japanese American Redress Payments

More than 1,000 Japanese Americans who were interned during World War II are denied redress payments by the U.S. Office of Redress Administration. APALC files an appeal and obtains redress relief for Ben Goto (pseudonym), who had been denied redress payments, and joins other civil rights groups to obtain relief for other individuals.

Hunter/La Ley v. City of Los Angeles

Hunter/La Ley v. City of Los Angeles: APALC and other civil rights groups sue the Los Angeles Police Department for discriminating against African American, Latino, and Asian American police officers, resulting in a consent decree on the pay and promotion of African American, Latino, and Asian American officers as well as the creation of programs to provide officers of color more opportunities for advancement and training.

Monterey Park Library Litigation

A wave of “English only” ordinances are passed in local municipalities. The City of Monterey Park tries to limit the city library’s collection of non-English materials, following on the heels of the Monterey Park City Council’s attempt to make English the official language of the city.  In Friends of the Library of Monterey Park v. City of Monterey Park, APALC challenges the City of Monterey Park, and wins at both the trial and appellate levels, the first of several language rights victories in the next few years.

Department of Justice City of Los Angeles Redistricting Suit

In late 1985, the U.S. Department of Justice sues the City of Los Angeles over its redistricting, which resulted in 15 voting districts, only one of which was majority Latino. The city agrees to revise its redistricting, but only by pitting Asian American and Latino districts against each other. APALC intervenes in the case and successfully urges the city to consider alternatives that respect the voting power of both Asian Americans and Latinos.

Vincent Chin Case

On June 19, 1982, Vincent Chin, a Chinese American, is brutally murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers who blame Japan for the downturn in the American auto industry. Although the men are tried, the failure of the judicial system to punish Chin’s killers creates a national outrage and catalyzes a new wave of pan-Asian American activism and civil rights consciousness.



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.