Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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Client Stories

Rosalinda Jamiro, 81, a World War II survivor and proud mother of 10 children, emigrated from the Philippines in 1987 as a legal permanent resident through a petition by one of her U.S. citizen children. Along with her now-deceased husband, Capt. Ernesto Jamiro, they sought a better life in America.

Capt. Jamiro became a naturalized U.S. citizen in the 1990s, and urged Rosalinda to do the same. But she was reluctant, partly because she had difficultly learning English and struggled with the idea of the U.S., not her native island of Cebu, as her home.

While still living in Malaysia*, Nancy* met her future husband, an America citizen. They were in a long-distance relationship for several years until she immigrated to the U.S. in 2011 to marry him. Only a few months later, on a spring evening, something in her husband snapped.  He brutally attacked her – choking her repeatedly, pulling her hair, and hitting her with his hands and fists.  Nancy, who had bruises and scratches all over her body, escaped after her husband fell asleep that night. She called the police. Eventually, her husband was criminally charged for the assault.



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.