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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 […]

Meet Mr. Lau

April 11, 2017

We have accomplished much in our 100 Days of Justice campaign, building the resistance against the first 100 days of the Trump Administration. This week, we’re focusing less on lawsuits and legislation and more on the clients who are the reason we do our work. This week, we will introduce you to three of the people we […]

Acts of Revolutionary Love

February 14, 2017

As part of our #100DaysofJustice campaign, we recognize that we stand on the shoulders of giants. In these trying times, we give thanks to the civil rights leaders and visionaries who fought for justice years ago, to safeguard our rights so that today we could take up the mantle of resistance. Below is our Valentine’s […]

Dispatches from SFO

February 2, 2017

I found out about the Executive Order (EO) banning immigrants and refugees from 7 Muslim-majority countries after we spent the day not-so-coincidentally training 120 lawyers on how to prepare for a possible Muslim registry and a ban on Muslim travel to the US. As an Iranian American, I could see the faces of my family […]

In Defense of Voting Rights

January 15, 2017

Armed with a checklist and a No. 2 pencil, Joyce Xi was standing in a San Francisco polling place when she noticed a voter with a problem. An elderly voter had entered the polling place and was struggling to communicate with a poll worker. “He needed a Vietnamese ballot but the poll workers were making […]

After DAPA, We Will Keep Fighting Deportations

June 28, 2016

All eyes were on the Supreme Court for its United States v. Texas decision last week, but quieter immigration battles were playing out in a county jail a bit closer to home. Before dawn on the day after the ruling, Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus staff headed out to the Yuba County Jail, where […]

Echoes of Internment: Don’t Let Our Leaders Scapegoat Syrian Refugees

November 19, 2015

By Yaman Salahi, Staff Attorney National Security & Civil Rights *This article originially appeared on Medium on November 18, 2015 The Mediterranean has drowned thousands of Syrian refugees, but now they face another threat: a tidal wave of American politicians vowing to oppose the re-settlement of Syrian refugees in the United States after the terrorist […]

What Asian Americans Owe African Americans

October 5, 2015

By Chris Punongbayan, Executive Director *This article originally appeared in The Huffington Post on October 2, 2015. Trayvon Martin. Eric Garner. Sandra Bland. Michael Brown. It feels like nearly every day I’m confronted with yet another video in the news with raw scenes of violence against African Americans. We are in the middle of a […]

Make History, Don’t Repeat It

October 5, 2015

Co-authored by Chris Punongbayan (Executive Director) and Stewart Kwoh (President and Executive Director, Advancing Justice – Los Angeles) *This article originially appeared in New America Media on September 25, 2015. At this pivotal moment in our nation’s ongoing struggle with racism, California can and should lead the nation in fair policing. Instead, our state shamefully leads the […]

Why did ICE lock up a father of three and leave his family homeless?

May 26, 2015

Co-authored by Jenny Zhao and Anoop Prasad, Immigrant Rights Program Earlier this month, after more than six months in immigration detention, Benito Flores won his case and went home to his wife and children. The immigration judge granted him a green card as a longtime community member of good moral character whose U.S. citizen family […]

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