Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Client Stories

Rosalinda Jamiro, 81, a World War II survivor and proud mother of 10 children, emigrated from the Philippines in 1987 as a legal permanent resident through a petition by one of her U.S. citizen children. Along with her now-deceased husband, Capt. Ernesto Jamiro, they sought a better life in America.

Capt. Jamiro became a naturalized U.S. citizen in the 1990s, and urged Rosalinda to do the same. But she was reluctant, partly because she had difficultly learning English and struggled with the idea of the U.S., not her native island of Cebu, as her home.

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.



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.