Vincent Chin Case

1983

On June 19, 1982, Vincent Chin, a Chinese American, is brutally murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers who blame Japan for the downturn in the American auto industry. Although the men are tried, the failure of the judicial system to punish Chin’s killers creates a national outrage and catalyzes a new wave of pan-Asian American activism and civil rights consciousness. In response to the probation-and-fine sentence given to Chin’s killers, Detroit community leaders seek federal civil rights charges against the men and APALC serves as the only out-of-state co-counsel working with Chin’s family to pursue justice.

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Impact Litigation