Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Direct Services

Advancing Justice - LA provides legal information, counseling and representation to individuals, especially those who speak little or no English, on the telephone or in person. Advancing Justice - LA prioritizes issues affecting immigrant and low-income communities.

Anti-Asian Discrimination

Advancing Justice–LA works in conjunction with its community partners to assist AANHPI individuals who are targets of discrimination based upon race, ethnicity, or national origin, particularly in the contexts of housing, employment, and consumer contracts. Advancing Justice – LA’s monthly clinics, in conjunction with local bar associations, will give people experiencing discrimination an opportunity to consult with an attorney about their experience. Services also include assisting victims in connecting with and utilizing non-legal services that address the emotional and collateral fallout of discrimination. 

Housing

Advancing Justice – LA helps with a variety of housing related issues, with a focus on those helping those who are immigrants or have limited proficiency with English. Tenants can receive assistance with eviction, landlord-tenant disputes, lease disputes, habitability, security deposit and other tenant rights. Advancing Justice – LA also assists homeowners who are facing foreclosure for reasons other than missing monthly payments or who are victims of loan modification or home improvement scams. Advancing Justice – LA will host monthly clinics in conjunction with local bar associations to address many of these issues, and to also connect the most at-risk individuals with needed services when faced with possible homelessness. 

Citizenship

Advancing Justice - LA helps individuals with citizenship issues. With local partner organizations, Advancing Justice - LA provides free citizenship assistance in Los Angeles and Orange counties, as well as across California and the nation. Advancing Justice - LA collaborates with community-based groups to hold free citizenship workshops and also takes a limited number of citizenship cases at low or no cost.

Immigration

California is home to more immigrants than any other state. The Immigration Project at Advancing Justice-Los Angeles assists immigrants nationally and locally who are seeking help with immigration relief such as adjustment of status, representation in immigration court, and other forms of family-based immigration. The Immigration Project hosts free in-house and off-site workshops and information sessions within Los Angeles County and Orange County to assist undocumented immigrants for little to no cost. Immigration consultations are also available in-person or over the phone by appointment only.

Domestic Violence and Family Law

Advancing Justice - LA assists low-income and limited-English-speaking survivors of domestic violence with family law and immigration services, including helping them obtain restraining orders, child custody, and support orders and to achieve legal status without the help of their abuser.  Advancing Justice - LA also assists victims of labor or sex trafficking with obtaining legal status.

Legal Intake in Asian Languages

The Asian Language Legal intake Project (ALLIP) provides toll-free hotlines in Chinese (mandarin and Cantonese), Filipino (Tagalog), Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese (in 2021).  The intake staff also provides assistance in English and other languages.  Callers receive resources, counseling or referral to Advancing Justice – LA attorney or other organization on issues including housing, domestic violence, family law, immigration, citizenship, and civil rights discrimination. 

 

 

 

FOR LEGAL HELP

Advancing Justice-LA Advancing Justice-LA's helplines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: discrimination, family, immigration, 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
ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ: 800.914.9583
Tiếng Việt: 714.477.2958

 

Related Materials

Advancing Justice - LA: How We Can Help You

Expanding Legal Services: Serving Limited English Proficient Asians and Pacific Islanders

This 2003 report provides information for the leadership of both legal services and Asian American and Pacific Islander  community organizations, to help design and/or strengthen systems and approaches that make legal services accessible to limited English speaking clients.

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.