Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus is committed to an immigration system that keeps families together and does not determine a person’s value by their immigration status or whether they have been incarcerated. Recognizing that incarceration, immigration detention, and deportation separates families, we focus our legal services on the most vulnerable in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community — immigrants facing deportation due to criminal convictions. The hundreds of clients we serve each year enable us to quickly identify emerging problem areas and to respond effectively through impact litigation, community education, and advocacy. For additional resources on immigration legal services, please visit SFILEN.
Cases and Campaigns
Challenging Immigration Detention: Preap v. Johnson
On August 4, 2016 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed our district court victory demanding the opportunity for release on bond for immigrants with old criminal convictions who had returned to their communities before later being arrested by ICE. California’s immigrants may now make an individualized case against their detention. Read the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision here and our practice advisory.
An immigrant from Macau, Daniel was arrested in an immigration home raid because of a robbery conviction from two decades before. Months of campaigning by Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus led to Daniel’s release. Read more here.
Two-thirds of incarcerated women are survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence. Rajeshree, a survivor of both, has spent nearly half of her life incarcerated. A successful campaign highlighting the incarceration of survivors led to Rajeshree’s release. Read more here.
Since early October 2017, ICE has unlawfully detained over a hundred Cambodian refugees with final deportation orders, making these the largest raids to ever target the Cambodian community. Nearly 2,000 Cambodian refugees across the country are at risk of also being similarly detained. That’s why we, along with Advancing Justice – Los Angeles and Sidley Austin LLP, have filed a nationwide class action lawsuit challenging these unlawful arrests. Read more here.