Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Affiliates & Associated Groups

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles is part of a national affiliation of five civil rights nonprofit organizations that joined together under one name in 2013. The other member organizations are:

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC (formerly Asian American Justice Center) is a national organization that advances the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and builds and promotes a fair and equitable society for all through public education, policy analysis and research, policy advocacy, litigation and community capacity and coalition building.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus (formerly Asian Law Caucus) is the nation’s oldest legal organization defending the civil rights of Asians and Pacific Islanders, particularly low-income, immigrant and underserved communities.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta (formerly Asian American Legal Advocacy Center or AALAC) is the first non-profit law center dedicated to Asian immigrants and refugees in the Southeast.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago (formerly Asian American Institute) is the leading pan-Asian organization in the Midwest dedicated to empowering the Asian American community through advocacy, research, education, leadership development and coalition-building.

Our mission is to promote a fair and equitable society for all by working for civil and human rights and empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities.

In addition to participating in numerous issue and campaign-specific coalitions, Advancing Justice - LA is also a key member of the following coalitions:

Parent Organization Network (PON):  In July 2005, PON began as a collaborative of independent parent organizations in Los Angeles County, to support parent engagement and to develop and implement a common policy agenda to improve educational outcomes especially for students from low to moderate-income communities of color. Its mission is to build a sustainable movement of parent organizations that are connecting, empowering and mobilizing parents to transform schools to ensure that all children have access to a high quality and equitable education.  For more information, contact PON Manager Goldie Buchanan at

Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center (APADRC): In 1989, Advancing Justice - LA co-founded APADRC to complement Advancing Justice - LA’s legal service and litigation programs.  APADRC provides mediation and conflict resolution services to the diverse communities in the Los Angeles area, with a focus on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations.

API Equality-LA:  In summer 2005, Advancing Justice - LA helped to found API Equality-LA, a coalition of organizations and individuals working to promote marriage equality in the Asian American community.  Since then, API Equality-LA has grown to also include advocacy for the fair treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the greater Los Angeles AA and NHPI communities.


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.