Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


Jan 31, 2017

On Sunday morning, I drove to the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. I had barely slept since President Trump signed an executive order banning immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the country. As an immigration attorney, I had to do something.

Jan 30, 2017

Today, California celebrates Korematsu Day, in honor of Japanese American patriot Fred Korematsu.  During World War II, Korematsu defied an Executive Order requiring the mass incarceration of over 100,000 innocent Japanese Americans on the grounds that it was unconstitutional.  Korematsu was convicted for this act of civil disobedience, but later in life worked to overturn it.  He also spoke publicly about his experience and that of his fellow Japanese American internees, in an effort to prevent us from ever returning to such dark times in our nation’s history.  He famously lived by the simple but powerful conviction, “If you have the feeling that something is wrong, don’t be afraid to speak up.” 

Jan 26, 2017

On January 18, 2017, we honored our pro bono attorneys, interns, and other volunteers at our third annual Pro Bono Advisory Council Volunteer Awards Mixer, which drew nearly 150 guests and featured a live performance from activist and artist Jason Chu.

Jan 20, 2017

Advancing Justice-LA pledges “100 Days of Resistance” in response to what we expect from President Trump in his first 100 days in office – including an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for undocumented immigrants, the escalation of deportations, the targeting of Muslims for a registry or immigration ban, the undermining of public education, and the positioning of China as an economic “boogeyman.” 

Jan 06, 2017

This month, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, a national affiliation of civil rights organizations focused on serving the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, and several prospective AAPI Harvard students joined a diverse group of black, Latino, and Native American students to support Harvard's race-conscious admissions program against attacks that the program intentionally discriminates against Asian American applicants. I am one of those students.

Jan 04, 2017

On Wednesday, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice) and Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP filed a complaint in the Orange County Superior Court on behalf of four Vietnamese nail salon workers formerly employed at Tustin Nail Spa, a popular nail salon in Orange County, California. During their many years as manicurists at the salon, the workers endured some of the most common unlawful wage and hour practices endemic in the industry, including long hours without meal and rest breaks, not receiving minimum wage and overtime compensation, incurring unlawful deductions from wages for using salon equipment and supplies, and being forced to work “off the clock.”

Jan 03, 2017

While we continue to offer services in many of the same areas of immigration, the Immigration Project at Advancing Justice-LA will be transitioning away from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) services and moving towards providing immigration information sessions and know your rights presentations, as well as free legal immigration screenings for those who wish to know if they qualify for other forms of current immigration relief.

Dec 28, 2016

Eric Fanchiang, currently a third year law student at University of California, Irvine School of Law, served as a law clerk for Advancing Justice-LA’s Survivor and Family Empowerment (SAFE) Project in both fall 2015 and spring 2016. Given that Eric is in school full-time in Irvine during the academic year and Advancing Justice-LA is in downtown LA, Eric completed almost all of his pro bono service hours remotely from Irvine.

Dec 16, 2016

Following a Los Angeles Times Sunday Travel article about visiting Tule Lake (a former site for Japanese American internment), the Times published controversial letters in support of Japanese American internment, resulting in

Dec 15, 2016

On December 14, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Orange County (Advancing Justice-OC) revealed its new home in Santa Ana, California. The new office location is shared with The Cambodian Family, a long-standing nonprofit organization serving the community in Orange County. Advancing Justice-OC is now poised to better serve the Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) population in Orange County.


For Legal Help

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.

English: 888.349.9695
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356


도움이 필요하십니까?: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
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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.