Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Research Analyst


Shelly Chen is the Research Analyst in the Demographic Research Project at Advancing Justice-LA. She has been working on Advancing Justice-LA’s “Your Vote Matters” campaign since May 2014, recruiting and training volunteers and organizing phone banks to conduct in-language voter outreach and education. Your Vote Matters is one of the largest and most diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voter mobilization efforts in the country, through which volunteers, along with a coalition of over a dozen community partners, have conducted outreach in up to 17 different AAPI languages to encourage community members to make their voices heard through the power of voting. 
Prior to Advancing Justice-LA, Shelly was a community organizer at the Asian American Drug Abuse Program. She also volunteers with API Equality-LA, an organization that advocates for the rights and fair treatment of LGBTQ people in Asian and Pacific Islander communities. She is a member of the Steering Committee and Chair of the API LGBTQ storytelling project, Q&A Space. Shelly holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Scripps College.


Advancing Justice-LA's helplines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, public benefits, employement, housing, and civil rights. 

English: 888.349.9695
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356
도움이 필요하십니까: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ: 800.914.9583

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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.