Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Client Stories

Yin* is a 50-year old Asian immigrant who resides in Los Angeles County. During her 25-year marriage, Yin’s husband was extremely abusive, including threatening to kill her while chasing her with a large kitchen knife, throwing large objects such as a tricycle and a suitcase at her, and slamming her head into the kitchen sink.

Kim*, a 20-year-old Chinese American woman, wants to pursue a career in financial planning.

She is a business major at a local Cal State university. After graduation, Kim plans to pursue an M.B.A. But there may a significant obstacle to attaining her dream career: She is an undocumented immigrant.

In August 2012, she came to APALC for legal help in applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – a temporary status that allows some undocumented immigrants to obtain work permits and to be safe from deportation for a two-year period.

Annabelle and her husband Emilio Santos were among the approximately 4,500 immigrants who became citizens at a naturalization ceremony in April at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

During the ceremony, a hum of excitement permeated the convention hall as the thousands of immigrants, along with their friends and family members, proudly listened to the presiding judge.   The crowd erupted in applause after the judge welcomed them as new citizens of the United States.



Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday

For more information or to apply to DRAI, please call: 

Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese)  (213) 241-8872
Khmer  (213) 241-8877
Korean  (213) 241-8873
Tagalog  (213) 241-8874
Thai  (213) 241-8875
Vietnamese  (213) 241-8876
English/Other, Non-Spanish  (213) 241-8880
Spanish/English** (CARECEN)  (213) 315-2659
Spanish/English** (CHIRLA)  (213) 201-8700
 (213) 395-9547

*This list will continue to expand.
** Spanish assistance available through CARECEN & CHIRLA.
***We are experiencing heavier call volume than usual. We highly encourage you to call your native language phone line, the wait time may be shorter. 

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.