Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


Sep 18, 2012

APALC and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on September 17th a landmark settlement of $975,000 against Delano Regional Medical Center, a hospital in California’s Central Valley.  The case was brought on behalf of 69 Filipino American hospital employees who were subject to national origin discrimination and harassment when the hospital singled them out for enforcement of an unlawful English only policy in violation of federal and state law.  

Sep 17, 2012

This Election Day, November 6th, 2012, hundreds of thousands of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPIs) nationwide will fill out their ballots to voice their opinion on issues that directly affect them.

Aug 22, 2012

The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, is providing a free citizenship workshop for the Vietnamese community in El Monte from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2012. The workshop will be held at Lambert Park Auditorium in El Monte, CA.

Aug 09, 2012

Thirteen years ago today, on August 10, 1999, a self-professed white supremacist shot and killed Filipino American postal worker Joseph Ileto, after shooting five people at the North Valley Jewish Center in Granada Hills.  The only fatality of the hate-motivated shootings that day, Joseph was killed because he looked “Latino or Asian” and because he was a federal employee.  The shooter was sentenced to life in prison without parole. 

Aug 09, 2012

Along with the entire Ileto family, Deena Ileto (sister-in-law of Joseph Ileto) has campaigned nationwide to advocate for need for anti-hate crime legislation, gun control laws, and resources to address race relations. She spoke briefly to APALC after the 13th anniversary commemoration of Joseph Ileto’s death at the hands of a white supremacist.

Aug 08, 2012

by John J. Lopez

In my day job, I’m a legal advocate for the Asian Pacific American Legal Center.  But I’m also the grandson of one of APALC’s most recent clients – my 81-year old grandmother.  My grandmother had been a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) since 1987 and in 2009, after my grandfather passed away, she decided to become a U.S. citizen.  At 81 years old, becoming an American citizen would be like winning an Olympic gold medal for my grandmother – the culmination of her long immigrant journey from Cebu, Philippines to the United States and an affirmation of her three decades in the United States.

Aug 06, 2012

APALC is providing free legal assistance to undocumented youth (DREAMers) who seek to apply for deferred action status, which is both relief from deportation and work authorization. 

Aug 03, 2012

Join the Health Justice Network for a webinar Friday, August 10th to learn how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) can help Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (Asian Americans and NHPIs). Health Access Project Director, Doreena Wong, will share how health care reform is being implemented in California and the impact of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on Asian Americans and NHPIs in the state. The ACA could greatly benefit close to 2.5 million Asian Americans and NHPIs across the country who will be eligible for health coverage for the first time by January 1, 2014.

Jul 26, 2012

Our early twenties are often seen as the time in life in which we build the foundations of our future. But for me, my twenties have been mostly a struggle of survival.

I grew up the third child of five in a 2nd-generation Filipino immigrant family in Carson. Ever since I was a child, I studied hard to keep myself on the honors track in school. My goal always has been to be the first person in my family to graduate from a four-year university.

Jul 23, 2012

On Wednesday July 18, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), MALDEF, the Dream Bar Association, and a coalition of civil rights and legal groups filed an amicus brief with the California Supreme Court in the case In re Sergio C. Garcia on Admission to support undocumented law school graduate Sergio C. Garcia’s application to join the California Bar.


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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.

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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.