Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

ESL Civics Instructor (DOJ Accredited)


Peter Dowdalls is Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA’s bilingual ESL Civics Instructor with the Citizenship Project. He assists underserved lawful permanent residents in the Greater Los Angeles area to learn the necessary English skills and U.S. History/Civics knowledge to obtain U.S. citizenship.
Prior to joining Advancing Justice-LA, Peter volunteered as a Political Science instructor at San Francisco State University. He taught undergraduate students while completing his Masters degree. After graduation, he lived and worked in Shanghai, China, teaching English to young children and students with learning disabilities.
Back in the U.S., Peter continued teaching ESL to newly immigrated Chinese students and facilitated their placement at partner high schools and universities across the United States.
Peter studied Mandarin at San Francisco State University, where he earned his M.A. in Comparative Politics with a focus on areas of conflict in Central and Southeast Asia after graduating with his B.A. in History from St. Mary's College.
He is originally from the San Francisco Bay-area and now resides in Long Beach.

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Advancing Justice - LA’s hotlines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, consumer, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights.

English: 888.349.9695
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356


도움이 필요하십니까?: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ: 800.914.9583
Cần sự giúp đỡ: 800.267.7395


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.