Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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ABS-CBN News: Tagalog Helpline Provides Legal Assistance to Pinoys

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

LOS ANGELES – After 30 years of defending civil rights, Asian Americans Advancing Justice launched a Tagalog helpline to extend their reach of legal services to the Filipino community in Los Angeles.

"We think this Tagalog legal help will help open up services and provide better opportunities so people can get jobs. We know that Filipino-Americans want to be U.S. citizens. There's a relatively good naturalization rate," said executive director of AAAJ LA Stewart Kwoh.

Formerly known as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, the nonprofit has given legal assistance to Asian American in regards to discrimination, human trafficking, and immigration issues.

"This helpline is very welcoming to all the Filipinos out there who need legal assistance and services," said Philippines Vice Consul in LA Dyan Miranda-Pastrana.

AAAJ LA representatives in seven different languages receive an estimated 10,000 calls annually.

"Pwede na kayo tumawag dito kung gusto mo mag apply ng citizenship o may mga legal issues kayo on housing, immigration, family law or domestic violence," said AAAJ representative Jeanette Sanyo. 

Sanyo can also offer legal assistance in Hiligaynon and Cebuano.

Philippine-born Jessica Calazo, who works for the mayor’s office of immigrant affairs, said the helpline brings back memories to when her family was trying to navigate work, housing, and citizenship issues in the US.

"These are all really complicated processes to navigate when you're a new immigrant in this country, especially LA. That's why I think a Tagalog helpline is so important," said Calazo.

The helpline is also meant to assist eligible Filipinos to apply for citizenship during the election year.

Filipinos can call the Tagalog helpline telephone number (855) 300-2552.

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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. 

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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