Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Client Stories

Jim Shee was driving to his birthday party in Phoenix on April 6, 2010 when a police officer pulled him over and asked him for his “papers.”

“I asked him why he had stopped me,’’ recalled Shee, a lifelong U.S. citizen of Spanish and Chinese descent who lives in Litchfield Park, Arizona. “He said I looked suspicious.”

After reviewing Shee’s driver’s license and other documents, the officer let him go without a citation.

“I was burned up, mad,’’ he said. “There was no reason to stop me.”

For decades, APALC has been committed to helping immigrant survivors of domestic violence – survivors like “Lynn,” a Vietnamese immigrant who was desperate to reunite with her two children.

Lynn emigrated from Vietnam to the United States in February 2011 with her abusive husband and their two children.  Back in Vietnam, Lynn’s husband repeatedly abused her, including the time he cut her with a knife. Lynn still bears a scar as evidence.

Wilma Lamug, 54, and Elnora Cayme, 57, are two of the brave Filipino American workers who came forward to file employment discrimination complaints against Delano Regional Medical Center.  In 2006, they were both called in to a mandatory meeting for only Filipino employees at the hospital. During the meeting, the president of the hospital reprimanded those Filipino employees about violating the hospital’s English-only policy by speaking Tagalog and other Filipino languages.



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.