Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Advancing Justice - Los Angeles Celebrates 35 Years of Community Impact With Anniversary Dinner

Founding President & Executive Director Stewart Kwoh and Pat Kwoh honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
LOS ANGELES, CA -- On Wednesday, October 17, 2018 over 1,200 community partners, elected officials, members of local Asian American bar associations, and leaders from the corporate, legal and nonprofit sectors celebrated the achievements of Stewart and Pat Kwoh and Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) at the The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles.
Stewart Kwoh, who founded Advancing Justice-LA in 1983 (then known as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center), was celebrated with his wife Pat for their contributions in empowering the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community, and for their decades of civil rights advocacy in both Southern California, as well as across the country.
The organization was created at a time when there were few legal services for the AANHPI community. Thirty-five years later, Advancing Justice-LA now serves over 15,000 individuals each year with free legal assistance, representation, and referrals.
“Today, Advancing Justice-LA is the largest civil rights organization serving the AANHPI community and that is all thanks to Stewart and Pat,” said Nita Song, Advancing Justice-LA Board Chair and President and Chief Momentum Officer of IW Group. “The organization's success is possible because of the vision and passion of Stewart Kwoh and the tireless dedication that he and his wife Pat have put into the community. All of Los Angeles is made better because of the work that they do and all the work of their tireless staff and volunteers.”
During the evening, Advancing Justice-LA’s achievements were shared, which helped raise critical funding to support Advancing Justice-LA’s programs, including fighting against the deportation of immigrants, protecting voting rights, and expanding services to limited-English proficient communities.
“Thank you to all our supporters through the last 35 years,” said Stewart Kwoh, President & Executive Director of Advancing Justice-LA. “You believed in our vision to end discrimination, eliminate poverty, and preserve and expand human and civil rights for marginalized communities. It’s with your ongoing partnership and joint belief in these principles that we can say we believe in justice today, justice tomorrow, and justice forever.”
The night was emceed by David Ono and Veronica Miracle of ABC7 Eyewitness News. Notable guests in attendance included U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu, CA-27 District; the Honorable Mike Eng, Former California State Assembly Member; Sue Van, President and CEO of the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation; and Councilmember David Ryu, Los Angeles City Council District 4.
“Advancing Justice-LA is a true pillar in Los Angeles,” said Councilmember David Ryu. “Not only has the organization provided much-needed legal services to immigrant and other vulnerable populations but has also been a voice for our community in speaking out for social justice.”
The event was chaired by Thomas Lee, Senior Counsel at Wells Fargo; Agnes Chu, Senior Vice President of Content, Disney SVOD Service at The Walt Disney Company; and Cheryl Kunin Fair, President & General Manager at KABC-TV.
For photos of the event, please contact Jeff DeGuia at [email protected].
Jessica Jinn, (213) 241-8817, [email protected]
About Advancing Justice - LA: 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles 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, October 18, 2018


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
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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.