Eric Fanchiang, currently a third year law student at University of California, Irvine School of Law, served as a law clerk for Advancing Justice-LA’s Survivor and Family Empowerment (SAFE) Project in both fall 2015 and spring 2016. Given that Eric is in school full-time in Irvine during the academic year and Advancing Justice-LA is in downtown LA, Eric completed almost all of his pro bono service hours remotely from Irvine.
On December 14, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Orange County (Advancing Justice-OC) revealed its new home in Santa Ana, California. The new office location is shared with The Cambodian Family, a long-standing nonprofit organization serving the community in Orange County. Advancing Justice-OC is now poised to better serve the Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) population in Orange County.
The Korean I learned from her ended up serving me as well as others. Now, I talk to many Korean American senior citizens on the phone about voting. In my sophomore year, I joined Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) as a phone bank volunteer in order to not only practice my Korean, but also to be able to inform senior Korean American voters about upcoming elections and encourage them to participate in our democracy.
On November 30, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Jennings v, Rodriguez, a case that could dramatically affect the new administration’s plans to deport millions of immigrants. President-elect Donald Trump has promised to detain immigrants facing removal while courts hear their cases. The threat of prolonged detention is punitive and harms immigrant families and communities with large immigrant populations.
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We are awash today in grief and pain, but as a new day unfolds, we are recommitting ourselves to the mission and values that drove our founding 33 years ago. In 1983, in the wake of the hate crime killing of Vincent Chin in Detroit, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center set forth to give voice to the voiceless, to defend those at the margins, and to lift up the struggles of Asian Americans as well as all immigrants and people of color. The past three decades have not been easy, and the next four years will not be either.
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.