Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) is wrapping up, but that doesn’t mean we should stop celebrating and learning about the diverse Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities in the City of Los Angeles. As part of APAHM, Advancing Justice-LA and the City collaborated to produce a brief demographic report on this growing population.
(photo Jon Endow, courtesy of Councilmember David E. Ryu)
Fourteen months after they bravely filed suit against their traffickers, 11 workers from the Philippines finally won vindication. On May 2nd, Judge Fernando M. Olguin granted the workers a default judgment of $15.2 million in damages and fees.
May is a beautiful time of year. We have the opportunity to celebrate Mother’s Day and enjoy the full bloom of spring. But there’s another reason May is significant for us: it’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
On the road to becoming a U.S. citizen, it’s one thing to know how to speak, write, and read English and another thing to pass the citizenship civics test.
For foreign-born resident Nguyet Minh Nguyen, applying for U.S. Citizenship is nerve-wracking. “My English is not that good. I get very nervous when I talk. I used to be scared to apply for U.S. citizenship because of the interview and civics test.”
California’s primary election is on Tuesday, June 7, and the deadline to register in order to participate is quickly approaching. While many people have focused on the role of the upcoming primary in choosing presidential candidates for political parties, the June 7 election is also critical to determining finalists for other key races, such as the open U.S. Senate seat.
April is National Volunteer Month and we want to take this opportunity to thank our 580 volunteers last year who contributed nearly 21,000 hours of service, valued at an amazing $4.3 million!
Project At Advancing Justice-LA, our SAFE Project focuses on assisting survivors of domestic violence with family law and immigration services. Unfortunately, sexual abuse is often a common occurrence within abusive relationships, and sexual assault, such as marital rape, is prevalent.
In March, nearly 900 advocates, educators, lawmakers, speakers and students from 42 states gathered in Los Angeles for the 2016 Advancing Justice Conference “Empowering Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities: 2016 and Beyond”, hosted by Asian Americans Advancing Justice and The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.
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.