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.

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.

Housing

Advancing Justice - LA helps those facing foreclosures or who have problems with their rental units, with a focus on limited-English speaking immigrant homeowners and tenants.  In addition to aiding homeowners in obtaining loan modifications, Advancing Justice - LA has represented AANHPI homeowners victimized by loan modification scams.

Legal Intake in Asian Languages

The Asian Language Legal Intake Project (ALLIP) provides toll-free hotlines in Cambodian (Khmer), Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Filipino (Tagalog), Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese. The intake staff also provides help in English and other languages. Callers receive resources, counseling, or referral to an Advancing Justice - LA attorney or another legal aid organization on issues such as housing, domestic violence, family law, immigration, citizenship, consumer fraud, employment, and discrimination.

For further assistance and finding more legal assistance, you can visit LawHelpCalifornia.org.

UPDATE

Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday

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. 

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.