Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


Asian American and Pacific Islander Leaders Unite In Support of Affirmative Action

Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community leaders from Los Angeles were joined by CA Assemblymember Ash Kalra and LA Councilmember David Ryu in a virtual gathering to encourage the AAPI community to vote “YES” on Proposition 16 in the upcoming November election. The leaders from over ten organizations shared how AAPI’s have historically benefited from affirmative action and, if reinstated, how race-conscious policy would benefit Californians.

Advancing Justice-California Welcomes Liza Chu as New Policy Manager

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-California (Advancing Justice-CA), a joint project between Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus (Advancing Justice-ALC) and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA), is proud to announce and welcome its new California Policy Manager, Liza Chu. The California Policy Manager advocates in the state capitol for legislative and budget priorities that reflect the greatest needs of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs), and other underserved and immigrant communities.

Community Groups Call on Newsom to Prioritize Asian and Pacific Islander Communities

Over 40 Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) organizations delivered a series of policy recommendations to Governor Gavin Newsom's office on his inauguration day. The recommendations urge the Governor to address the needs of low-income, limited-English proficient and immigrant communities of color in California.

CAIR-CA and Advancing Justice-LA Demand Transparency From California Governor's Office of Emergency Services Regarding Preventing Violent Extremism Non-Profit Pilot Grant Program

The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR CA), in conjunction with Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA), issued a Public Records Act (PRA) Request to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) today, demanding transparency about a NonProfit Pilot Grant Program, which awarded $624,824 in grant funds to five different nonprofits across the state to implement surveillance programs. 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - California Applauds Gov. Brown for Signing the Pardon and Commutations Reform Act into Law

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - California (Advancing Justice - CA) applauds Governor Brown for signing AB 2845 into law today. Authored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta and co-sponsored by Advancing Justice - CA along with a coalition of immigrant rights and criminal justice reform organizations, AB 2845 will significantly improve the transparency and accessibility of California’s pardon and commutation process.

Advocacy Groups Demand Transparency From LAUSD and Other Local Agencies Regarding School Surveillance Programs

Today, a coalition of Los Angeles-based civil rights and community groups issued a Public Records Act (PRA) Request to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and other local agencies demanding transparency about these agencies’ involvement in surveillance programs; in particular, the so-called federal Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) programs. 

Advancing Transparency, Equity, and Accountability for California in 2018

It’s been a busy year for civil rights non-profits. Despite the president’s efforts to stymie us, we’ve been fully engaged in driving reform across a broad range of policy arenas, and at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - California, a joint project of Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus and Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, we’re getting ready to take on the second half of our 2018 policy agenda.

Advancing Justice Calls for a Clean DREAM Act, Calls Trades on Cutting Legal Immigration Offensive

LOS ANGELES, CA —  Today following a meeting at the White House with Republican anti-immigrant conservatives, it was reported that the administration will not include a fix for undocumented youth in the government spending bill. Senators are working on a package to include increased border security and changes to our immigration system that they expect to be ready in January or February.

Advancing Justice-CA Applauds Enactment of Legislation to Ensure Safe Schools for Undocumented Immigrant Students

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – CA (Advancing Justice-CA), applauds Governor Brown for signing Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell’s AB 699. Cosponsored by the College for All Coalition, of which Advancing Justice-CA is a member, the legislation upholds the fundamental constitutional right of a public education for all California students regardless of immigration status. 



Advancing Justice-LA's helplines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights. 

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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.