By Gloria Ho, Citizenship Network Manager
Each year on September 17, our nation celebrates Citizenship Day (also known as the Constitution Day) to commemorate the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787. The Constitution upholds individual civil rights and its 14th Amendment recognizes all who, are born in the U.S., or by naturalization, have become citizens.
By Shelly Chen, Voter Engagement Coordinator
By Agustin Herrera, YPLD Fellow
By Connie Lo, Health Programs Coordinator and Karin Wang, Vice President of Programs and Communications
As a recipient of the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California (VABANC) law foundation fellowship, Advancing Justice - OC staff attorney Jacqueline Dan will expand her work challenging deportation and unlawful immigration detention. In an area of law that has largely been overlooked, Jacqueline will focus on providing services to refugees and long-term residents from Southeast Asia who face immigration consequences through the criminal justice system.
The federal Voting Rights Act (VRA) is considered one of the landmark pieces of civil rights legislation. The VRA did away with literacy tests, vouchers of “good character,” and many other barriers that were created to prevent African Americans in the South from registering to vote. For decades, African Americans organized and campaigned for the right to vote.
In July, Advancing Justice-LA hosted its first-ever Prop 47 and record expungement clinic. In partnership with several bar associations and nonprofit organizations, nearly 40 volunteers assisted over 35 individuals with the required paperwork for felony reclassification and record expungement petitions.
In 2014, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) granted Cambodian refugee Touch Hak temporary relief from deportation due to a groundswell of community support demanding that he be allowed to remain in the country to donate his kidney to his older brother Puthy.
By Carolyn Kim, Asian Language Legal Intake Project Director, Advancing Justice - LA
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.