Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


APALC v. Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services:

APALC v. Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services: After years of advocacy, APALC leads the filing of a federal civil rights complaint against the Los Angeles County welfare department for failure to provide adequate language assistance as required under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The complaint is filed on behalf of limited English proficient welfare applicants and recipients, including Spanish-speakers and those speaking Asian and other languages, who together comprise 40% of the county’s caseload. In 2003, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S.

AB 633

APALC is instrumental in helping to pass state legislation (AB 633) that holds garment manufacturers jointly liable for wage and hour violations and provides an expedited process for garment worker claims. AB 633 makes California the state with the strongest garment worker protection law in the nation.

Proposition 187

A rise in anti-immigrant sentiment spurs the passage of Proposition 187, which denies all public services to undocumented immigrants. APALC works in coalition to oppose Prop 187, which passes, and also plays a supportive role in Gregorio T. v. Wilson, the constitutional challenge to Prop 187, which results in the federal courts invalidating Prop 187 as an improper exercise of state power over immigration.

Exit Polling

APALC conducts its first exit poll, providing unique information on Asian American voters, such as data from the Rosemead City Council elections revealing potential racially-polarized voting.

Voting Rights Act

The Voting Rights Act is expanded in 1992, requiring voting materials to be provided in Asian languages for the first time in several counties, including Los Angeles County, which must provide Chinese, Japanese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese translations.  APALC begins poll monitoring during major elections in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, as well as local cities, to ensure the proper implementation of the Voting Rights Act. Other languages are added in subsequent years (Korean in 2002, Cambodian and Hindi in 2012).  



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

English: 888.349.9695
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356
도움이 필요하십니까: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ: 800.914.9583

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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.