This month, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, a national affiliation of civil rights organizations focused on serving the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, and several prospective AAPI Harvard students joined a diverse group of black, Latino, and Native American students to support Harvard's race-conscious admissions program against attacks that the program intentionally discriminates against Asian American applicants. I am one of those students.
On Wednesday, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice) and Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP filed a complaint in the Orange County Superior Court on behalf of four Vietnamese nail salon workers formerly employed at Tustin Nail Spa, a popular nail salon in Orange County, California. During their many years as manicurists at the salon, the workers endured some of the most common unlawful wage and hour practices endemic in the industry, including long hours without meal and rest breaks, not receiving minimum wage and overtime compensation, incurring unlawful deductions from wages for using salon equipment and supplies, and being forced to work “off the clock.”
While we continue to offer services in many of the same areas of immigration, the Immigration Project at Advancing Justice-LA will be transitioning away from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) services and moving towards providing immigration information sessions and know your rights presentations, as well as free legal immigration screenings for those who wish to know if they qualify for other forms of current immigration relief.
Eric Fanchiang, currently a third year law student at University of California, Irvine School of Law, served as a law clerk for Advancing Justice-LA’s Survivor and Family Empowerment (SAFE) Project in both fall 2015 and spring 2016. Given that Eric is in school full-time in Irvine during the academic year and Advancing Justice-LA is in downtown LA, Eric completed almost all of his pro bono service hours remotely from Irvine.
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.
The Korean I learned from her ended up serving me as well as others. Now, I talk to many Korean American senior citizens on the phone about voting. In my sophomore year, I joined Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) as a phone bank volunteer in order to not only practice my Korean, but also to be able to inform senior Korean American voters about upcoming elections and encourage them to participate in our democracy.
On November 30, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Jennings v, Rodriguez, a case that could dramatically affect the new administration’s plans to deport millions of immigrants. President-elect Donald Trump has promised to detain immigrants facing removal while courts hear their cases. The threat of prolonged detention is punitive and harms immigrant families and communities with large immigrant populations.
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.