Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

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Volunteers are important members of the Advancing Justice-LA family. Last year, over 700 individuals graciously donated over 25,000 hours, to help our staff fulfill our mission to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to improve the lives of our clients and empower our communities.

We have pro bono opportunities for attorneys; volunteer opportunities for all community members, and internships for students seeking professional experience.  Please check this page often for the latest ways to get involved with Advancing Justice - LA!  To be added to Advancing Justice-LA's volunteer database, and to receive periodic emails regarding volunteer opportunities, please complete this form.

Volunteer Opportunities

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles seeks volunteer and pro bono assistance in various program areas.  Interested volunteers and pro bono attorneys must sign up as indicated below.  Please note that Advancing Justice receives a large volume of email from volunteers, and therefore you will not receive an individualized email response upon signing up.

You will receive a final email confirmation regarding volunteering approximately 24-48 hours before a specific clinic/workshop/event, as clients typically sign up during that time, and Advancing Justice can then confirm volunteer needs. Thank you for your understanding!  Please contact Pro Bono Director Christina Yang, Esq. with any questions.


Urgent Need for Spanish Interpreters!  (Phone Only)

a. Program Area: Litigation
b. Project: In early January 2019, our litigation team is interviewing potential clients who are monolingual Spanish speakers, in connection with an investigation into the government's termination of the Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") designation for Nepal and Honduras, despite ongoing significant health and safety concerns in both nations. 
We need your help to communicate in Spanish with these potential clients about their families, work histories, immigration histories, and other biographical information.  We will also be communicating with the clients about our work regarding TPS.
c. Background: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may designate a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in that country that may temporarily prevent the country's citizens from returning safely (e.g., where there is a civil war or extreme environmental disaster like a large earthquake).  During a designated time, TPS beneficiaries are not removable from the U.S., may be eligible to work here, and may be granted travel authorization.  As the name suggests, TPS is a temporary benefit only and does not lead to lawful permanent resident status.  TPS is vitally important to nationals of countries recovering from major turmoil following natural disasters or internal conflicts.
d. How to Sign Up: If you are available during the next week to assist by phone for 1/2 an hour to an hour at a time, please fill out this form.  You will then be contacted to confirm scheduling and availability.

Domestic Violence Restraining Order Clinic 

Program Area: Survivor and Family Empowerment (SAFE)

Project: SAFE is seeking volunteers for its Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) Clinic, focusing on Asian and Pacific Islander clients!  Both attorney volunteers and non-attorney volunteer interpreters are needed, and can be trained at our monthly trainings on the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted due to holiday conflict).

Pro Bono Attorney Volunteers: Pro bono work associated with the clinic may include DVRO paperwork assistance in the clinic setting; paperwork assistance outside of the clinic setting; and/or court representation -- depending on interest and client needs.  Pro bono attorneys will work closely with and under the supervision of SAFE staff attorneys. No prior experience needed, though training is mandatory. While we do anticipate that many clients will be limited English proficient and will need interpretation, we welcome attorneys who are not bilingual to get involved!

Next new pro bono attorney and bilingual volunteer interpreter training at our offices - Monday, January 7, from 12-3 pm at Advancing Justice-LA.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Introduction to Domestic Violence, particularly in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities
  • Types of Restraining Orders and applicable law
  • Working with Domestic Violence Survivors
  • Completing required forms and drafting declarations

Lunch and 2.5 hours of general MCLE will be provided.

Sign up for our January training here

IMPORTANT NOTE: Once you are trained, you will be contacted (depending on client volume and language need) to confirm your availability to volunteer at an upcoming DVRO clinic.  Clinics typically take place on certain Thursdays from 1-4 pm.  Thank you for your patience!


Citizenship/Naturalization Workshops and Clinics

What: Citizenship Workshop volunteers help individuals complete the Application for Naturalization (Form N-400), assess eligibility for various waivers, and provide in-language resources on the naturalization process. Advancing Justice will provide training in advance, and supervision.  General volunteers will assist clients with preparation of the applications, while attorney volunteers will assist with legal review as the applications are completed.

Please note that you must be trained prior to volunteering at an upcoming citizenship workshop. Please contact Pro Bono Director Christina Yang, Esq. to receive details on how to complete online webinar training.

Volunteer Sign-Up Procedures: Because client needs are not finalized until 2-3 days before each clinic, interested volunteers will be asked to indicate their anticipated availability, and volunteers will be contacted approximately 1-2 days in advance to confirm assignments. In other words, if you are NOT contacted a few days before a workshop by our staff, please assume you do NOT need to volunteer for that workshop. Thank you!

Remaining In-House Citizenship Clinics in January:

When: Friday, January 11 and 18 from 12:30-5 pm (we currently have enough volunteers for these Friday clinics, but please feel free to sign up as a backup volunteer).  Saturday, January 26 from 9 am - 2 pm (we still need more volunteers for this Saturday clinic!).  Please RSVP here.
Volunteers Needed For: Application assistance (non-attorneys welcome), legal review (attorneys only).
Where: Advancing Justice-LA, 1145 Wilshire Blvd., 1st Fl., LA

Hacienda La Puente Adult Education Clinic in January:

When: Wednesday, January 16, from 9 am – 2 pm.  Please RSVP here.
Volunteers Needed For: Interpretation (Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish) and legal review (attorneys only).
Where: HLPAE, 1600 Pontenova Ave., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745



Advancing Justice-LA provides services to diverse communities, and is committed to helping them overcome language-access barriers to education, legal, healthcare, and other institutions. Help us create access by donating your interpretation and translation skills! We maintain a volunteer interpreter corps that our staff reaches out to on an as-needed basis, and have particular need for Asian and Pacific Islander languages, including but not limited to Bengali, Cantonese, Hmong, Khmer, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese, as well as Spanish.

To offer interpreter services, please contact Pro Bono Director Christina Yang, Esq. with your language proficiency and availability.

Immigration Relief Volunteer Needs

What: Advancing Justice-LA seeks immigration practitioners, regardless of bilingual language ability, to volunteer periodically at larger-scale immigration workshops.  Assist with screening individuals for any general immigration relief.  If you are an immigration practitioner or BIA accredited representative, contact Pro Bono Director Christina Yang if you would like to be added to our volunteer database to be notified when these opportunities arise.


Immigration Project Administrative Volunteer

Qualifications include: Experience working with immigrants or with low-income communities is preferred. Demonstrated commitment to public interest and prior non-profit experience also preferred.  Experience working in an office setting or law office is helpful.

Duties may include, but are not limited to: Administrative duties as needed.  Duties may also include data entry, copying, filing, and interpretation and translation work, based on the candidate’s bilingual fluency.

Language Requirements: Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish preferred 

Schedule Requirements:  Commitment of 8-10 hours a week.

How to Apply: Please contact Pro Bono Director Christina Yang, Esq. with your resume in pdf format and 1-2 paragraphs expressing your interest in this position.





Pro Bono

Pro Bono Advisory Council:  This Council is the first of its kind at Advancing Justice-LA, and is complementary to the existing Board of Directors and Executive Advisory Council.  Advancing Justice-LA relies on the Pro Bono Advisory Council for guidance in the development of its pro bono programs, and members maintain ongoing relationships with the organization.  Advancing Justice-LA turns to Council members first as a resource in assisting with pro bono matters and issues.  The Pro Bono Advisory Council also helps raise vital funds and resources needed to support and expand Advancing Justice-LA’s pro bono programs.  Members include attorneys from major national and international law firms, as well as in-house counsel at Fortune 100 companies.

For a full list of the members of the Pro Bono Advisory Council, please click here.

Please contact Christina Yang if you are interested in joining our list of experienced attorneys for pro bono or “low bono” case referrals on behalf of community members who seek legal advice in areas such as immigration, family law, employment, and housing.


Pro Bono Spotlights: The Pro Bono Spotlight is a regular feature honoring Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles’ dedicated volunteers and the important work they do to help us fulfill our mission. 

Most recently, Advancing Justice-LA’s Pro Bono Spotlight featured Silhan Jin, for his work with SAFE. 

Past Pro Bono Spotlights have featured:


Internships & Clerkships

Advancing Justice-LA offers internships and law clerkships for undergraduate, graduate, and law students seeking occupational and work experience. More information available here.


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
हिंदी 855.971.2552


도움이 필요하십니까?: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ: 800.914.9583
Cần sự giúp đỡ: 800.267.7395


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.