Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Advancing Justice-LA Founder and Executive Director Receives Inaugural Dale Minami Impact Award

Stewart Kwoh with his award alongside Julie Su, Secretary of the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency, and Dale Minami.
LOS ANGELES, CA – Stewart Kwoh, founder and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA), received the inaugural Dale Minami Impact Award presented by the Asian American Bar Association (AABA) of the Greater Bay Area. Kwoh was honored with the award at AABA's 43rd annual dinner on Wednesday, March 6 in San Francisco, California.
"This is a well-deserved honor for Stewart," said John Lim, partner at LimNexus LLP and Advancing Justice-LA board member. "His contributions to the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community are unparalleled. Advancing Justice-LA -- and all our communities -- have thrived thanks to his leadership and service." 
Since founding Advancing Justice-LA in 1983, Kwoh has served as a civil rights leader and coalition builder both in the greater Los Angeles area and nationwide. In 1998, Stewart was the first Asian American attorney and human rights activist to receive a MacArthur "Genius" Grant for his accomplishments in the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community and leading multi-racial work. 
Advancing Justice-LA continues to be the nation's largest civil rights organization in the US serving AANHPI communities. In 2018, Kwoh and his staffed celebrated 35 successful years of assisting immigrant and limited English proficient communities in Southern California, providing legal and direct services to over 15,000 individuals each year.
"It is an honor to receive the inaugural Dale Minami Impact Award," said Stewart Kwoh, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles. "I've dedicated my life and career to serving the AANHPI community and other marginalized communities in Southern California. I started with a vision to provide legal services and advocacy for these communities and this expanded to a vision to impact AANHPI communities across the country through our Advancing Justice national affiliation. But we wouldn't be where we are today without the support of my family, the staff at Advancing Justice-LA, and community members throughout the state and nation."
Kwoh graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with his bachelor's degree in 1970 and earned his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 1974. Kwoh is married to Pat Lee Kwoh and they have two sons.
Jessica Jinn, (213) 241-8817, [email protected]
About Advancing Justice - LA: 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) is the nation's largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, Advancing Justice-LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice.
Thursday, March 7, 2019


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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.