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.


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.