Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

City of LA Recognizes September 21st as Advancing Justice-LA Day

LOS ANGELES – The City of Los Angeles recognizes today, September 21st, as Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) Day. The proclamation was made this morning during the City Council public meeting in downtown Los Angeles. 
In 1983, Stewart Kwoh opened Advancing Justice-LA’s (then known as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center) doors in Los Angeles at a time when very few options were available for the region’s Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). He envisioned an organization dedicated to serving the legal needs of vulnerable AAPI communities and raising AAPI voices in the struggle for civil rights and access to justice. 
Decades later, Advancing Justice-LA is the nation’s largest civil rights organization serving the AAPI community, offering multilingual assistance in eight languages, leadership development programming, and civil rights support in several critical areas ranging from health access to immigration relief. 
“We are proud to honor Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles today," said LA City Councilmember David Ryu. "Their commitment to serving immigrant and vulnerable communities in Los Angeles -- and beyond -- for the past 35 years deserves celebration. Advancing Justice-LA stands up for families just like mine, and their advancement of the social justice cause makes our City proud.” 
Stewart and his wife Patricia Kwoh accepted the proclamation on behalf of the organization. 
“We are truly grateful to the City of Los Angeles for bestowing this proclamation on us,” said Stewart Kwoh, President and Executive Director of Advancing Justice-LA. “The rising xenophobia and current climate in our country make our work as critical today as it was 35 years ago. Our impact is possible because of our dedicated staff, volunteers, and community members who have tirelessly fought for our communities.” 
In October, Advancing Justice-LA will celebrate its 35th Anniversary at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites. Stewart and Patricia Kwoh will receive  Lifetime Achievement Awards at the event.
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.
Friday, September 21, 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
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356
도움이 필요하십니까: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
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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.