Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Demographic Research

Advancing Justice-LA works to promote a better understanding of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities by making data on AAs and NHPIs more accessible through research, technical assistance, and training.

Advancing Justice-LA’s research focuses on:

Demographic profiles: Advancing Justice-LA’s reports present the latest data on Asian American and NHPI communities in a clear and accessible way. Our Diverse Face of Asians and Pacific Islanders and Community of Contrasts reports include population counts, growth, and key socioeconomic characteristics such as age, immigration, language, education, income, employment, housing, and health for Asian American and NHPI communities as a whole, as well as specific ethnic groups. Given the social and economic diversity in these communities, data disaggregated by ethnic group is critical to fully understanding them.

Political participation: For nearly two decades, Advancing Justice-LA has produced the most up-to-date and reliable data on Asian American political participation in Southern California. Drawing from exit poll data and analyses of voter registration and turnout, our Asian Americans and the Ballot Box series has documented tremendous growth in the Asian American electorate and promoted a better understanding of how Asian Americans vote.

Other areas: Advancing Justice-LA's other areas of research on issues impacting Asian Americans and NHPI communities include language and limited-English proficiency, disaster preparedness, marriage equality, and philanthropy.

Advancing Justice-LA is also a Census Information Center (CIC), an official program of the U.S. Census Bureau aimed at promoting the dissemination of census data in underserved communities.

A Community of Contrasts Reports

San Gabriel Valley

Older Adults (LA County)


San Diego County

NHPI California


Orange County

NHPI National


Los Angeles County





Inside the Numbers: How Immigration Shapes Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

Asian Americans at the Ballot Box Reports

California 2012



AAPIs in Los Angeles

Making America Work




Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI)
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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
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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. 

Latest Reports

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: A Diverse and Growing Force in Los Angeles


A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans 50 and Older (Los Angeles County)
A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the West, 2015
A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in San Diego County, 2015

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.