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Advancing Justice

National Voice

Elevating a National Asian American Voice for Civil Rights

We are a founding member of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, a national affiliation of five independent organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all. Working with our affiliate partners in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Washington D.C., we organize and elevate national campaigns, litigation strategies, and community outreach programs that expand and protect civil rights for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, immigrants, and refugees.

Our Affiliation Partners

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Atlanta
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago
Asian Americans Advancing Justice Southern California

Recent Work

Community-Centered Solutions to Anti-Asian Racism: We convene a table of more than 100 community-serving organizations to anticipate threats to our communities, develop and execute rapid response plans, and create sustained national infrastructure for deeper solidarity within AAPI communities and with other communities of color. This table coordinates a policy guide that provides community-based interventions and responses to racialized hate and violence, convenes co-learning sessions to help community members understand and create pathways to long-term safety and resilience, and support collaborative projects like SolidarityStories.org to archive, document, and learn from solidarity practices across racial justice and immigrant justice movements.

The Advancing Justice affiliation has also trained tens of thousands of people in bystander intervention. Together, we’re creating and sharing tools to help community members, public agencies, and organizations around the country understand the systemic racism in the U.S. and how they can join with their neighbors, loved ones, and co-workers to protect each other and build safer communities.

Building AAPI Communities’ Political Power: Advancing Justice works to build power and participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our democracy. In 2020, Advancing Justice affiliates contributed to robust participation in Census 2020 and dramatic increases in voter registration and turnout at the polls among AAPI communities to achieve record civic engagement. We continue to provide the tools, data analysis, and information AAPI communities need to make sure we are counted and heard and to hold elected representatives accountable. We will continue to support legal, advocacy and organizing campaigns to protect the right to vote, including a lawsuit on behalf of AAPI voters against sweeping anti-voting laws in GA.

Leading Value Our Families Campaign:
The Advancing Justice affiliation partners with Church World Service and the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) to convene the Value Our Families campaign to protect, preserve, and strengthen the family immigration system and promote an immigration system that is informed by love, empathy, and justice.

Advancing Holistic and Race-Conscious Admissions:
In 2020, the Advancing Justice affiliation, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Lawyers For Civil Rights and pro bono counsel Arnold & Porter filed an amicus brief for the First Circuit on behalf of a group of Asian Americans and other students of color at Harvard who support race-conscious admissions. The affiliation continues to monitor and support litigation that defends and expands opportunities for low-income students of color.