Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Immigrant Rights

Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) are a community that is nearly two-thirds immigrant and the fastest growing racial group in the United States. At the local, state, and federal level, Advancing Justice - LA works to amplify Asian American and NHPI community voices in the immigration reform debate and advocates for fair laws and policies affecting Asian American and NHPI immigrants using both administrative and legislative strategies. 

Our activities include monitoring and analyzing immigration legislation or policies, educating communities and individuals about policy developments, and working in coalition with community partners to push for reform.

This year, we are calling for a modern, common-sense immigration process that:

  • Creates a clear and reasonable roadmap to citizenship for all 11 million immigrants who are committed to our country and are Americans in every sense of the word, except on paper
  • Ends the separation of families waiting years, and even decades, to be reunited with loved ones overseas, and affirms the importance of family-based immigration
  • Reforms laws enacted in 1996 that have resulted in hundreds of thousands of unfair deportations and have negatively impacted Southeast Asian refugees and Pacific Islanders
  • Provides equal immigration rights for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender brothers and sisters


Related Materials

Sign onto our AAPI principles for immigration reform (organizations):

Join our petition for humane and just immigration reform (individuals):


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. 

Related Materials

Advancing Immigration Justice: Asian American and Pacific Islander Principles on Immigration Reform

A Devastating Wait: Family Unity and the Immigration Backlogs

This 2008 report explores the family immigration system and the backlogs which trap millions of Asian Americans and other immigrants waiting to sponsor family members.

Related Client Stories

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.