Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


Nov 20, 2012

WASHINGTON – The National Asian Pacific Bar Association (NAPABA) awarded Laboni Hoq with the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice), with the Best Under 40 Award at its Gala Installation Banquet on November 17, 2012.

Nov 20, 2012

We at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, are so grateful to you for supporting our work.  Every day, we help elderly immigrants achieve their dreams of citizenship.  We assist survivors of domestic violence in breaking free from their abusers and becoming independent members of society.  In 2012, we had the special privilege of helping nearly 700 youth in their applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, w

Nov 09, 2012

There are certain things you can plan for when creating an electoral campaign. You can do the math to count how many volunteers it will take to call so and so number voters for so and so number of hours in a shift. You can create well-structured surveys using scientific methodology to measure the priority issues of your targeted base and you can use get-out-the-vote messages that have been tested with multiple focus groups.

Nov 09, 2012

The Los Angeles City Public Libraries has an ongoing partnership with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and local non-profit organizations to help promote and provide naturalization assistance.

Nov 05, 2012

Local youth groups have spent the past few months educating the public about the importance of voting. The Vietnamese Student Union (VSU) at UCLA created rAPId, an event to inform UCLA students about civic engagement, while PELE Sisterhood, a Pacific Islander sorority based in Long Beach, helped enlighten the Pacific Islander community through art.

Nov 01, 2012

The first-ever California Asian American Pacific Islander Voter Guide is now available to help voters make informed decisions for the November 6 election.

The voter guide, which can be found online at, includes positions on nine of the 11 ballot measures from 22 organizations across the state that are educating and mobilizing community members to vote in the November elections. 

Oct 25, 2012

For more than a year, 18-year-old Ivette Ocampo has been interning with APALC’s Youth and Parent Leadership Development and has been able to take her own experiences as an undocumented student to help educate other young people about the importance of social activism.

Oct 24, 2012

Suely Ngouy, APALC’s Policy Advocate for the Health Access Project, has been named a 2012-2013 Fellow by the Women’s Policy Institute.

Oct 24, 2012

When Sally* first came to APALC, she had no one to turn to for help. She met with APALC Attorney Amy Woo Lee, and shared her story.

Oct 22, 2012

Linda Huynh learned about the importance of voting while recently taking a political science class at California State University, Los Angeles. A month later, she heard about a voting project for youth at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC).



Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday

For more information or to apply to DRAI, please call: 

Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese)  (213) 241-8872
Khmer  (213) 241-8877
Korean  (213) 241-8873
Tagalog  (213) 241-8874
Thai  (213) 241-8875
Vietnamese  (213) 241-8876
English/Other, Non-Spanish  (213) 241-8880
Spanish/English** (CARECEN)  (213) 315-2659
Spanish/English** (CHIRLA)  (213) 201-8700
 (213) 395-9547

*This list will continue to expand.
** Spanish assistance available through CARECEN & CHIRLA.
***We are experiencing heavier call volume than usual. We highly encourage you to call your native language phone line, the wait time may be shorter. 

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.