Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Celebrating Advancing Justice in Orange County

Thursday, December 15th 2016

From left to right, Yoko Yagi, Stewart Kwoh, Sylvia Kim, Linda Vo, and Gloria Lee - Advancing Justice-OC's Advisory Council Co-Chairs.

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.

Advancing Justice-Los Angeles has been working in Orange County since the 1990s. The OC offices first opened its doors in 2006 in Garden Grove to serve low-income and recent AANHPI immigrants. Since then, the Advancing Justice-OC’s breadth of services has expanded.

Orange County is home to the nation’s third largest Asian American population; further, AANHPIs make up 21% of the county’s overall population. The Asian American population in the region grew 41% between 2000-2010, compared to a mere 6% growth witnessed in the county overall. Needless to say, there is an ever-increasing need for services.

In recent years, our Orange County office has been making headway into the community. We’ve stood up against hate crimes, employment discrimination, and helped families with immigration and domestic violence issues. In 2016, we welcomed the office’s first regional director, Sylvia Kim, created two advisory councils, held our annual fundraising luncheon (gathering over 300 community partners and leaders), and increased our capacity for hosting community education events. In the new year, we’re already looking forward to: expanding our immigration and citizenship services, a January county-wide post-election community forum, and a February 18 mega citizenship clinic.

AANHPIs are becoming an undeniable force in Orange County. Together, we hope to create a unified voice among the AANHPI community and mark this important moment in the region’s history.

For Legal Help

Advancing Justice - LA’s hotlines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, consumer, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights.

English: 888.349.9695
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356
हिंदी 855.971.2552


도움이 필요하십니까?: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
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Cần sự giúp đỡ: 800.267.7395


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.