Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Press Releases

January 7, 2010

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Eugene Lee, 213-241-0212
January 7, 2010 Deanna Kitamura, 213-241-0232

December 24, 2009

Los Angeles, CA – Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Dolly M. Gee to the U.S.

December 17, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA – As the State of California celebrates the Day of Inclusion marking the 1943 repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act, seven Asian and Pacific Islander (API) organizations across the state have come together to form the API Census Network, in an effort to promote the API community’s participation in the 2010 Census.

December 1, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, the United States Senate confirmed Jacqueline H. Nguyen to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, making her the first Vietnamese American Article III judge.

November 23, 2009

Los Angeles – On Tuesday, September 29, 2009, Lambda Legal presented its 17th Annual Liberty Awards at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.  Through the awards, Lambda Legal honors heroes who have made strides in the fight for full recognition of the civil rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and of those with HIV...

October 28, 2009

LOS ANGELES and WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) and Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) applaud President Obama for signing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009.

September 24, 2009

LOS ANGELES – Today, Asian Pacific American (APA) students, community leaders and attorneys convened a press conference in Los Angeles to announce the filing of an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief with the California Supreme Court. The brief supports immigrant college students’ ability to pay in-state tuition under California law AB 540.

August 20, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA –   After viewing a clip of the new movie, “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard,” Karen Narasaki, president and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center, issued the following statement:

August 10, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA –   The family of slain Filipino American Postal worker, Joseph Ileto, members of the North Valley Jewish Community Center (NVJCC), elected officials and community members came together to reflect  on the past decade.



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