Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
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We are awash today in grief and pain, but as a new day unfolds, we are recommitting ourselves to the mission and values that drove our founding 33 years ago. In 1983, in the wake of the hate crime killing of Vincent Chin in Detroit, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center set forth to give voice to the voiceless, to defend those at the margins, and to lift up the struggles of Asian Americans as well as all immigrants and people of color. The past three decades have not been easy, and the next four years will not be either.
Advancing Justice-LA Voting Rights Project Director, Deanna Kitamura, giving an introduction to a room of over 50 poll monitors in training.
Ashuka Xue joined Asian Americans Advancing Justice -LA (Advancing Justice-LA) Health Access Project (HAP) in the summer of 2014. As an engineering student with over 500 hours of high school community service under her belt, Ashuka’s application, background, and effervescent personality helped her stand out as a candidate.
Yanin Senachai, staff attorney in Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA’s impact litigation unit, has been named one of this year’s “Best Under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). The award honors Asian American lawyers under the age of 40 who have achieved prominence and distinction in their fields of endeavor and have demonstrated a strong commitment to civic or community affairs. The award will be presented on November 3, 2016, at NAPABA’s annual convention in San Diego, California.
In late July 2016, in an innovative pro bono collaboration, members of the Bank of America in-house legal department volunteered alongside attorneys and staff from the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP at a citizenship services clinic. Under the guidance of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA’s Citizenship Project, over 50 volunteers helped to provide over 30 individuals with naturalization services that day.
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.