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Why I Support Affirmative Action at Harvard

This month, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, a national affiliation of civil rights organizations focused on serving the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, and several prospective AAPI Harvard students joined a diverse group of black, Latino, and Native American students to support Harvard's race-conscious admissions program against attacks that the program intentionally discriminates against Asian American applicants. I am one of those students.

Free Legal Clinic Targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Orange County With Criminal Justice and Immigration Issues

GARDEN GROVE, CA – Because the legal needs of  Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) in Orange County are significantly underserved due to language, culture and other barriers, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Orange County (Advancing Justice-OC) is hosting a free legal clinic on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10 am to 1 pm at 1618 West 1st Street in Santa Ana.  Held in partnership with the Vietnamese Community of Orange County, Inc. (VNCOC) and other legal and community organizations, the clinic will provide free legal assistance to individuals interested in Proposition 47 (felony reduction) reclassification, as well as free immigration screenings, including assistance with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Filipino Bakery Workers Receive T Visas After Being Trafficked from the Philippines

LOS ANGELES – After a year-long legal battle resulting in a $15.2 million default judgment last month, the 11 Filipino workers who sued the owners of L’Amande French Bakery were also recently granted T visas, also known as T Nonimmigrant Status. T visas provide victims of human trafficking temporary legal status and work authorization and allow them to bring their families to the U.S.  

Judge Awards $15.2 Million to Exploited Filipino Workers

May 15 2016

Eleven Filipino workers were awarded over $15 million in a lawsuit against their former employers, whose claim of labor exploitation and human trafficking was uncontested

The workers were trafficked to the United States to serve as domestic servants and back-of-the-house employees at two high-end bakeries owned by defendants Analiza and Goncalo Moitinho de Almeida.

“Because of this judgment, all the heartache and suffering we had to endure because of Ana’s greed has not been for nothing,” said Gina Pablo, one of the workers.

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L.A. bakery owners ordered to pay $15.3 million for abuse of workers on visas

May 13 2016

The owners of the now-shuttered L’Amande French Bakery that operated in Beverly Hills and Torrance have been ordered to pay nearly $15.3 million in damages for exploiting 11 Filipino workers.

U.S. District Judge Fernando Olguin on May 2 granted a default judgment to the workers, who claimed they were trafficked to the United States to serve as domestic servants and under-the-table employees at two bakeries owned by defendants Analiza and Goncalo Moitinho de Almeida.

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Chinese Daily News Workers Win $7.8 Million in Wage Theft Settlement

LOS ANGELES - A diverse crowd of workers, advocates and journalists gathered at the UCLA Labor Center to celebrate a class action victory for more than 200 employees of Chinese Daily News. After more than a decade of hard fought litigation, they obtained a $7.8 million settlement against one of the leading Chinese language newspapers in the country.  This class action victory represents one of the largest wage justice settlements in Asian American history.

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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
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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.