Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


Jun 14, 2012

This week, U.S. Representative Judy Chu and a coalition of Chinese American community groups announced a breakthrough in the House of Representatives regarding the passage of a bill expressing regret for the Chinese Exclusion Act.

Jun 13, 2012

It was May 1983. Stewart Kwoh, who had just co-founded the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), was reading the Los Angeles Times when he came across an article about the state court sentencing in the Vincent Chin case.

Jun 13, 2012

ALHAMBRA – The chatter of parents speaking Vietnamese, Chinese and Spanish languages filled the room during APALC’s Parent Leadership Program (PLP) End of the Year Dinner last month at the First Baptist Church.

Every year, PLP works with approximately 100 parents of K-12 students who live in the San Gabriel Valley and Lincoln Heights/Chinatown area. The program provides them with tools to advocate for their children’s education and build healthy communities.

Jun 12, 2012

Two U.S. Supreme Court rulings – which are expected to be issued within the next month – will significantly affect immigrants nationwide.

APALC is keeping a close eye on the results of two cases:  Arizona v. United States, which will rule on Arizona’s anti-immigrant S.B. 1070 law, which requires individuals to carry proof of legal immigration status and authorizes state law enforcement officers to check for those documents if the officers have suspicion of their status, often through racial profiling.

Jun 08, 2012

APALC is a co-sponsor of Vincent Chin 30: Standing Up Then and Now, presented by Asian Pacific Americans for Progress (APAP).  The event is a panel discussion with nonprofit, legal and judicial leaders that will be broadcast live via Google Hangout on June 23, 2012 at 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

Jun 07, 2012

Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed – a blogger, activist and writer – joined APALC in March as Voter Engagement Manager and will lead the organization’s electoral advocacy work this year.

May 29, 2012

APALC is providing a free citizenship workshop for the Chinese community in San Gabriel Valley from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2012. The workshop will be held at the First Baptist Church of Alhambra, 101 South Atlantic Boulevard, Alhambra, CA 91801.

May 25, 2012

With respect to the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (Asian American and NHPI) communities, one out of six adults and one out of 10 children nationwide lack health insurance. This means there are an estimated 2.3 million Asian Americans and 162,000 Pacific Islanders nationwide who could be eligible for health coverage under President Obama's landmark health reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

May 23, 2012

Ms. T*, a Cambodian American single mother who lives in Los Angeles, is a domestic violence and cancer survivor. She also is one of more than 1.4 million individuals in California who receive aid through the state’s welfare to work program, CalWORKs, but may soon be left without help.



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.