Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


Sep 19, 2012

In recognition of Citizenship Day on September 17th, U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the City of Los Angeles launched an initiative to provide “Citizenship Corners” at all 73 branches of the city’s public library system.

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 18, 2012

Asian American YouTube sensations are all the rage. APALC is excited to announce and premiere our own collaborative effort – a public service announcement – with the duo the Fung Brothers to launch our “Your Vote Matters! 2012” campaign today. The Fung Brothers are a San Gabriel Valley based video company with a strong following amongst Asian American and Pacific Islander youth.

Sep 18, 2012

APALC launched today the “Your Vote Matters! 2012” campaign to empower and mobilize community members to exercise their voice at the ballot box, with a push to support Proposition 30 in the November 6th elections.

Sep 18, 2012

The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) urged the federal government to ramp up its efforts to prevent hate crimes and extremism, according to its submitted testimony for a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on hate crimes to be held this week.

The hearing, which is before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights on Wednesday, was prompted by the deadly mass shooting at a Milwaukee-area Sikh temple in August.

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

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 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 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.



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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.