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The Defender – Finding Sanctuary

June 25, 2018

  Finding Sanctuary – Immigrant communities across California have long fought for more meaningful protections against local and state entanglement with deportations. For years, local law enforcement agencies participated in arresting and detaining immigrants and notifying Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), violating due process rights and ripping families apart. This entanglement meant routine traffic stops […]

The Defender – Dr. Rolland Lowe: A Legacy of Giving

June 25, 2018

Dr. Rolland Lowe: A Legacy of Giving – For the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in San Francisco, there are few individuals who exemplify community engagement and service more vividly than Dr. Rolland and Kathryn Lowe. They have served on the boards of a wide range of non-profit organizations including the Chinese American Community […]

The Undocumented and Uninsured Dilemma: Leave the Hospital in Debt or Dead

June 6, 2018

The Undocumented and Uninsured Dilemma: Leave the Hospital in Debt or Dead By Wei Lee (ASPIRE) & Madeleine Villanueva (UPLIFT) In the upcoming weeks, the California Legislature will be deciding on the expansion of Medi-Cal to open up coverage to all Californians regardless of immigration status. Two proposals are on the table – one to […]

Advancing Transparency, Equity, and Accountability for California in 2018

May 10, 2018

Advancing Transparency, Equity, and Accountability for California in 2018   It’s been a busy year for civil rights non-profits. Despite the president’s efforts to stymie us, we’ve been fully engaged in driving reform across a broad range of policy arenas, and at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – California, a joint project of Advancing Justice – […]

16 Years After 9/11, We Can’t Be Silent Anymore

September 11, 2017

By Sacha Maniar, National Security and Civil Rights Program Coordinator   Growing up in a community with few people who looked like me, I had very little concept of racial and religious identity. At the time, I had no language to understand differences except that I wasn’t like the people around me. I didn’t celebrate […]

Curtain Call: Immigrants, We’re Getting the Job Done

August 24, 2017

“It’s really astonishing that in a country founded by immigrants, ‘immigrant’ has somehow become a bad word. So the debate rages on and we continue….” – J. Period, “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”, The Hamilton Mixtape   The musical Hamilton tells the story of our founding fathers – first and second generation immigrants who built this […]

Rejecting Registries – A Reflection on 100 Days of Justice

July 5, 2017

During World War II, FDR ordered the registry used to carry out the forced removal and internment of thousands of Japanese Americans. It wasn’t until the 1980s that the U.S. government finally acknowledged “race prejudice, war hysteria, and failure of political leadership” as the motivating factors behind the heinous actions. In 2002, President George W. […]

Advancing Justice – California Legislative Update

June 5, 2017

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – California, a project of Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus and Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, is sponsoring and strongly supporting a set of bills to promote inclusion, protect vulnerable communities and address the diverse needs of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities. Advancing Voting Rights AB […]

100 Days of Justice

May 30, 2017

Since 1972, the Asian Law Caucus has pursued legal action on behalf of the most vulnerable and marginalized. We have been at the forefront of challenging oppression. From the streets of Chinatown to the halls of Congress, we have been ready to protest, organize, advocate, litigate, and use every tool at our disposal to ensure […]

Maria’s Journey to Activism

April 26, 2017

You’ve met our clients Mr. Lau and Pedro. Today, we introduce you to Maria, a young womxn in our ASPIRE program for API undocumented youth. She inspires us and will inspire you, too. Maria has traveled a long road. Ethnically Chinese, she grew up in Mexico. In high school, Maria and her sister came to the […]

Justice for Pedro

April 13, 2017

Pedro came to the U.S. seeking work to support his family in the Philippines. As a recent immigrant, he had difficulty finding good-paying work. He got a job as a caregiver at a facility where he slept on the floor and worked around the clock attending to elderly and disabled residents. Despite the important caretaking work […]

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