Advancing Justice-LA Voting Rights Project Director, Deanna Kitamura, giving an introduction to a room of over 50 poll monitors in training.
Ashuka Xue joined Asian Americans Advancing Justice -LA (Advancing Justice-LA) Health Access Project (HAP) in the summer of 2014. As an engineering student with over 500 hours of high school community service under her belt, Ashuka’s application, background, and effervescent personality helped her stand out as a candidate.
Yanin Senachai, staff attorney in Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA’s impact litigation unit, has been named one of this year’s “Best Under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). The award honors Asian American lawyers under the age of 40 who have achieved prominence and distinction in their fields of endeavor and have demonstrated a strong commitment to civic or community affairs. The award will be presented on November 3, 2016, at NAPABA’s annual convention in San Diego, California.
In late July 2016, in an innovative pro bono collaboration, members of the Bank of America in-house legal department volunteered alongside attorneys and staff from the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP at a citizenship services clinic. Under the guidance of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA’s Citizenship Project, over 50 volunteers helped to provide over 30 individuals with naturalization services that day.
LOS ANGELES - This past summer, Ayano Wolff, Staff Attorney with Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA’s Survivor and Family Empowerment (SAFE) Project, was a featured speaker on a panel discussion called “Silencing India’s Daughter: A Look at Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Crimes in India & the U.S.” The event was generously hosted by the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP in downtown LA, and was organized by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County (APABA) and the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California (SABA-SC). Nearly fifty individuals attended the event.
California is home to the nation's largest Asian American and second-largest Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander (NHPI) populations. By the November 2016 elections, the Asian American, Native, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community will make up 11% of the state electorate.
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.