Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Client Stories

Yin* is a 50-year old Asian immigrant who resides in Los Angeles County. During her 25-year marriage, Yin’s husband was extremely abusive, including threatening to kill her while chasing her with a large kitchen knife, throwing large objects such as a tricycle and a suitcase at her, and slamming her head into the kitchen sink.

Kim*, a 20-year-old Chinese American woman, wants to pursue a career in financial planning.

She is a business major at a local Cal State university. After graduation, Kim plans to pursue an M.B.A. But there may a significant obstacle to attaining her dream career: She is an undocumented immigrant.

In August 2012, she came to APALC for legal help in applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – a temporary status that allows some undocumented immigrants to obtain work permits and to be safe from deportation for a two-year period.

Annabelle and her husband Emilio Santos were among the approximately 4,500 immigrants who became citizens at a naturalization ceremony in April at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

During the ceremony, a hum of excitement permeated the convention hall as the thousands of immigrants, along with their friends and family members, proudly listened to the presiding judge.   The crowd erupted in applause after the judge welcomed them as new citizens of the United States.



Advancing Justice-LA's helplines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, public benefits, employement, 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
ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ: 800.914.9583

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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.