Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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Discrimination, including racial and religious targeting, by both private and governmental actors 

Advancing Justice-LA provides individual legal services, brings impact litigation, and engages in policy advocacy on behalf of individuals and groups who have been the target of racial and religious targeting and profiling, by private and/or governmental actors.

We provide representation to individuals who have been harmed by:

  • FBI and other law enforcement interviews,

  • Hate incidents, including in response to reports made here,

  • Obtrusive questioning and searches at airports, and

  • Other discriminatory surveillance and profiling programs.

Please call our legal hotlines if you need legal help for any of these problems. We also encourage you to look at some of the know-your-rights resources in this compilation.

Highlights of Our Work

Naji Hamdan, who was detained and tortured at a black site in the United Arab Emirates, and his son.

In 2015, Advancing Justice-LA began litigating a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case seeking information about the United States government’s involvement in the overseas detention, interrogation, and torture of U.S. citizen Naji Hamdan. Between August and October 2008, Mr. Hamdan was detained and tortured at a black site in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), where he was living at the time. Mr. Hamdan believes that his detention and torture in the U.A.E. was at the behest of the U.S. government, pursuant to its well-known practice of “proxy detention” of terrorism suspects abroad. This and other practices adopted by the government in the name of counter terrorism after 9/11 have had a disproportionately harmful effect on Muslim Americans, like Mr. Hamdan. Through the lawsuit, Advancing Justice-LA and co-counsel the ACLU of Southern California are challenging the government’s withholding of key documents that would shed much needed public light on the U.S. government’s involvement in Mr. Hamdan’s detention and torture abroad, as well as serve to deter such inhumane practices going forward.


Need legal help? Call 888.349.9695



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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
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.