Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Nancy: "Because of APALC's help, I gained a new life."

While still living in Malaysia*, Nancy* met her future husband, an America citizen. They were in a long-distance relationship for several years until she immigrated to the U.S. in 2011 to marry him. Only a few months later, on a spring evening, something in her husband snapped.  He brutally attacked her – choking her repeatedly, pulling her hair, and hitting her with his hands and fists.  Nancy, who had bruises and scratches all over her body, escaped after her husband fell asleep that night. She called the police. Eventually, her husband was criminally charged for the assault. Nancy sought assistance from APALC, which helped her to seek refuge in an emergency domestic violence shelter and obtain a restraining order through the family law court. Her husband ended up being convicted of his crimes against her and was sentenced to multiple years in prison.  Safely away from her abusive husband, Nancy is currently at a long-term domestic violence shelter.

She is protected for five years by the restraining order APALC helped her secure. APALC also is helping her self-petition for legal status through the Violence Against Women Act. Nancy said: "Because of APALC's help, I gained a new life.”

*Client’s name and country of origin has been changed to preserve confidentiality


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.