Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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Client Stories

Jim Shee was driving to his birthday party in Phoenix on April 6, 2010 when a police officer pulled him over and asked him for his “papers.”

“I asked him why he had stopped me,’’ recalled Shee, a lifelong U.S. citizen of Spanish and Chinese descent who lives in Litchfield Park, Arizona. “He said I looked suspicious.”

After reviewing Shee’s driver’s license and other documents, the officer let him go without a citation.

“I was burned up, mad,’’ he said. “There was no reason to stop me.”

For decades, APALC has been committed to helping immigrant survivors of domestic violence – survivors like “Lynn,” a Vietnamese immigrant who was desperate to reunite with her two children.

Lynn emigrated from Vietnam to the United States in February 2011 with her abusive husband and their two children.  Back in Vietnam, Lynn’s husband repeatedly abused her, including the time he cut her with a knife. Lynn still bears a scar as evidence.

Wilma Lamug, 54, and Elnora Cayme, 57, are two of the brave Filipino American workers who came forward to file employment discrimination complaints against Delano Regional Medical Center.  In 2006, they were both called in to a mandatory meeting for only Filipino employees at the hospital. During the meeting, the president of the hospital reprimanded those Filipino employees about violating the hospital’s English-only policy by speaking Tagalog and other Filipino languages.



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.