Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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Nov 08, 2018

Yesterday morning, while the internet was abuzz about getting out the vote, I was preparing myself for poll monitoring to help protect voters’ rights and voters’ language access at the polls. Advancing Justice-LA sent over 100 individuals out in southern California to monitor about 220 precincts. This year is my second time volunteering with Advancing Justice-LA as a poll monitor and doing so in my hometown of Diamond Bar, California. The experience filled me with hope and pride. 

Oct 25, 2018
On October 17, 2018, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles celebrated its 35th anniversary with over 1,200 guests. 
In 1983, Stewart Kwoh opened the Asian Pacific American Legal Center’s doors in Los Angeles when there were very few options available for the region’s Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. His vision was to raise AAPI voices in the struggle for civil rights and access to justice.
Oct 25, 2018

One of the reasons I’m happy it’s October is because it’s Filipino American History Month. Filipinos have a long history — we were the first group of Asians in the United States, landing on the shores of Morro Bay, California on the ships of the Spanish galleon. We’ve established a rich history of ethnic enclaves, food, music, and social justice. As a child of Filipino immigrants and as part of a gigantic Filipino family, I know that I have a place in Filipino American history, too.

Oct 02, 2018

Silhan Jin is an attorney with the County of Los Angeles and has volunteered dozens of hours of his own time this year to assist community members in need through the Survivor and Family Empowerment (SAFE) Project’s new domestic violence and restraining order (DVRO) clinic.  SAFE’s DVRO clinic focuses on assisting API DV survivors with obtaining restraining orders against their abusers.  The clinic is unique in its focus on serving API survivors.  We asked Silhan to share more about how he came to be involved with our organization and why he chose to give back in this way.

Sep 25, 2018

G.T. first came to Asian Americans Advancing Justice — Los Angeles asking for help in March 2017 — he wanted to become a citizen. For decades, he was haunted by the tragedy he experienced during China’s Cultural Revolution until he moved to the U.S. after being petitioned by his U.S. citizen daughter.

Sep 17, 2018
September 17 is #CitizenshipDay, an annual celebration of new U.S. citizens. At Advancing Justice-LA, we have an entire team dedicated to helping immigrants on their pathway to citizenship.
Aug 23, 2018
A few weeks ago, the Labor Commissioner’s Office – California’s government agency tasked with enforcing the state’s labor laws – cited a Temecula-based nail salon $1.2 million for misclassifying its 36 workers, and failing to pay them the wages they earned. It is one of the largest citations recorded against a nail salon in the state’s history. 
Jul 26, 2018

Summer Spotlight: Sarah Rahimi, Law Clerk with Impact Litigation



Our helplines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: discrimination, family, immigration, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights. 

English: 888.349.9695
中文: 800.520.2356
한글: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ภาษาไทย: 800.914.9583
Tiếng Việt: 714.477.2958


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.