Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

ESL/Civics Coordinator


Billy Yates is an ESL/Civics Instructor, teaching adult learners English, civics, and history in preparation for naturalization as part of the Citizenship Project. He comes from the student and labor movements, having previously worked organizing nurses to build collective power at the workplace in the LA and DC metro areas. As the son of a formerly undocumented mother from the Philippines, and having worked with immigrant nurses from Asia, Africa, and Latin America, he is passionate about the intersections of language access, labor, and civic engagement. Prior to the nurses’ union, Billy organized on campus at UT-Austin, organizing students in solidarity with workers at home and abroad.

Billy volunteers with the LA Public Library and LGBT Center. He speaks Mandarin and German and studies literature at Los Angeles City College.

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For Legal Help

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.