By Agustin Herrera, YPLD Fellow
By Connie Lo, Health Programs Coordinator and Karin Wang, Vice President of Programs and Communications
The federal Voting Rights Act (VRA) is considered one of the landmark pieces of civil rights legislation. The VRA did away with literacy tests, vouchers of “good character,” and many other barriers that were created to prevent African Americans in the South from registering to vote. For decades, African Americans organized and campaigned for the right to vote.
As a recipient of the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California (VABANC) law foundation fellowship, Advancing Justice - OC staff attorney Jacqueline Dan will expand her work challenging deportation and unlawful immigration detention. In an area of law that has largely been overlooked, Jacqueline will focus on providing services to refugees and long-term residents from Southeast Asia who face immigration consequences through the criminal justice system.
By Carolyn Kim, Asian Language Legal Intake Project Director, Advancing Justice - LA
In 2014, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) granted Cambodian refugee Touch Hak temporary relief from deportation due to a groundswell of community support demanding that he be allowed to remain in the country to donate his kidney to his older brother Puthy.
In July, Advancing Justice-LA hosted its first-ever Prop 47 and record expungement clinic. In partnership with several bar associations and nonprofit organizations, nearly 40 volunteers assisted over 35 individuals with the required paperwork for felony reclassification and record expungement petitions.
The City of Fullerton must develop a district-based system for electing its city council and present it for voter approval, as part of a recent settlement in a lawsuit charging that Fullerton’s existing at-large elections violate the California Voting Rights Act.
By Tiffany Panlilio, DACA Legal Advocate
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.