Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Director, Immigration Program Administration


Angelica Peña serves as the Director of Immigration Program Administration within Direct Services. She oversees the unit's grant administration, program evaluation, and the network of immigration and citizenship partners. In addition, she leads our national citizenship capacity building portfolio of organizations providing naturalization services to immigrant communities across the country. 

Prior to joining Advancing Justice-LA, she served as the CA Deputy Director for NALEO Educational Fund, where for five years she led their statewide civic engagement initiatives, working directly with the Latino community and key stakeholders on issues related to citizenship and voting.

Angelica holds a Masters in Public Affairs and Practical Politics from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelors in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Area of Work: 


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.