Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


Significant Increase In Number of Anti-Chinese and Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes In Los Angeles County in 2015

LOS ANGELES – Today, the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission released its 2015 Hate Crimes Report. After a seven-year downward trend, hate crimes in Los Angeles County jumped 24 percent in 2015 (from 390 to 484 cases).  Statewide, hate crimes also increased in 2015, but by only 10 percent. 

Legislation Addressing Bullying and Harassment of Muslim and Sikh Students Signed by Governor Brown

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown has signed a historic bill, Assemblymember Das Williams’ Assembly Bill (AB) 2845, that will protect vulnerable Muslim and Sikh students who are facing bullying in school. At a time when other political leaders are fomenting hate, Governor Brown has sent an important signal that Californians will protect our children from that hate.

New Orange County Collaborative Provides Immigration Services To Undocumented Youth, On 4th Anniversary Of DACA Program

Garden Grove, CA - Today marks the fourth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, authorized by President Obama in the summer of 2012.  With many undocumented young immigrants still not yet signed up for DACA, a new Orange County collaborative announced an expansion of free immigration services targeting immigrant families in the County.

New Translated Materials and Free Legal Clinic Available to Help Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Understand Prop 47

LOS ANGELES – Proposition 47 (“Prop 47”) is a state ballot measure passed in November 2014 that reclassifies certain low-level, non-violent felonies to misdemeanors.  Such reclassifications can improve job and housing opportunities as well as provide certain immigration protections.  However, Prop 47 only allows applications for reclassification for a limited period of time – until November 2017 – so time is running out to file a Prop 47 application. Despite many free legal clinics providing Prop 47 assistance, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) remain underrepresented among those seeking Prop 47 reclassification.


Advancing Justice Deeply Disappointed in US v. Texas Supreme Court Decision

LOS ANGELES - In a 4-4 decision today by the U.S. Supreme Court, the President’s executive actions for immigration relief remain blocked.

“The Supreme Court today failed to act on the opportunity to allow implementation of vital relief programs for nearly 5 million people, including more than 400,000 Asian American immigrants,” said Mee Moua, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC. “We are disappointed in their split decision, which further underscores the need to have nine Justices on the Supreme Court.”



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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.