Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

About Orange County

Orange County currently has a population of over 3 million making it the third most populous county in California and the sixth most populous county in the United States. The ethnic demographics of Orange County demonstrate the major demographic shifts which have transformed Orange County from a predominantly homogenous county to one where Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) now make up 21% of the county’s population. Between 2000 and 2010, the Asian American population in Orange County grew by 41%; In contrast, the county-wide population only grew by 6%. With nearly 600,000 Asian Americans and over 19,000 Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, Orange County is home to the third largest Asian American population in the United States.

In recent years, Orange County has emerged as an epicenter of economic growth. Asian Americans have made significant contributions to this growth with over 63,000 Asian American-owned businesses generating over $20 billion in revenue.

Despite this economic prosperity, Orange County is a large and vast metropolitan area with significant unmet needs. Indeed, 62% of the AANHPI population in Orange County are immigrants born outside of the US with more than 38% being limited English proficient. 14% of the AANHPI population is uninsured while one in ten live below the poverty line.

While Asian American registered voters in the county are casting ballots at record numbers, the gap between registered and potential voters remains significant. Despite comprising 20% of the county’s population, only 230,000 Asian Americans or 14% of the county’s electorate were registered to vote in 2012.

You can read more about Orange County in our “Community of Contrasts” report.


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.