Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Other Civil Rights

Other Civil Rights Issues 

Advancing Justice-LA provides legal services to individuals and groups that face other kinds of problems in addition to the topics discussed above. Advancing Justice-LA uses lawsuits to fight against economic and social injustice, including violations of basic civil and human rights.

We may be able to assist you if:

  • You have experienced problems voting in local, state or national elections, because you do not speak English fluently, or because your voting district is shaped in a way that restricts the voting power of minorities,

  • You are being evicted from your home because of your national origin, ethnicity, race or because you do not speak English fluently, or

  • You are a noncitizen who needs assistance in deportation proceedings or other matters related to your immigration status.

Please call our legal hotlines if you need legal help for any of these problems.

Highlights of Our Work

Advancing Justice-LA staff (L:R) Aman Thind, Laboni Hoq, Meeran Mahmud, and Christopher Lapinig at Los Angeles International Airport, during efforts to help passengers affected by the Muslim travel ban in January 2017. 

In 2015, Advancing Justice-LA, with the ACLU of Southern California, the Law Office of Robert Rubin, and Sidley Austin, LLP sued the City of Fullerton for violating the California Voting Rights Act. The lawsuit alleged that the city's “at-large” system for electing city council members denied large segments of the community — especially Asian Americans — a voice in how their city is governed. “At-large” voting meant all eligible voters in the city selected elected officials from the same pool of candidates. In contrast, district-based voting divided the city council seats into smaller districts, which allows for a more local approach. Despite nearly a quarter of all eligible voters in Fullerton being Asian American, no Asian Americans served on the five-person city council. Within just a few months of filing the lawsuit, the city of Fullerton agreed to change from an “at-large” voting system to designing a “district-based” approach, which ensured the vote of communities of interest, such as Asian Americans, was not diluted by folding it into a city-wide voting population. Today, Fullerton’s city council elections are district-based.   

 

Need legal help? Call 888.349.9695

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Cần sự giúp đỡ về vấn đề pháp lý? Gọi 800.267.7395

 

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. 

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.