Asian Americans Advancing Justice l AAJC

aka Advancing Justice | AAJC   |   Washington, DC   |  www.advancingjustice-aajc.org

Mission

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC’s mission is to advance civil and human rights for Asian Americans and to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all.

Ruling year info

1991

President and Executive Director

Mr. John C. Yang

Main address

1620 L St. NW Suite 1050

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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Formerly known as

National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium

Asian American Justice Center Inc

EIN

13-3619000

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Minority Rights (R22)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Asian Americans face a myriad of challenges in participating in a healthy democracy due to: • Lack of visibility as part of the fabric of America: They are often invisible, except when touted as model minorities or categorized as foreigners which obscures the extreme diversity and challenges they face. • Insufficient legal protections that are often left unenforced or inaccessible to our immigrant, low-income, or limited English proficient communities. •Barriers to building political power, including discrimination and insufficient language access at the polls, as well as redistricting efforts that aim to minimize their power. Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial minority in the U.S. We continue to witness exponential growth in areas outside of historical gateway cities. Based on these trends, we work to ensure that community leaders and policymakers at the national/state/local levels understand the issues facing these less established but growing communities.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Voting Rights/Election Protection

As a nationally recognized expert on voting rights, Advancing Justice | AAJC works to increase access for Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to the political process by eliminating barriers to participation and promoting policies that increase access. We promote compliance with voting rights laws and increased access to the ballot, fight voter intimidation and suppression, produce reports on voting rights issues, and conduct voter surveys to increase understanding about the voting behavior and attitudes of our community. We also file amicus briefs on voting rights to ensure Asian American and other disenfranchised communities’ needs are known and on the record. With increased efforts by this administration and state-level officials to disenfranchise and further suppress the votes of immigrants and voters in communities of color, our continued work to fight for our communities’ access to the ballot box is more urgent than ever.

Voting Rights Advocacy
From our engagement as one of the key civil rights organizations in reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act in 2006 to our leadership in helping to develop the legislative response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the coverage formula to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder, Advancing Justice | AAJC has been at the forefront in fighting for a strong Voting Rights Act and combating the continual existence of voting discrimination against voters of color. As the 116th Congress works to re-engage on restoring the Voting Rights Act and providing a legislative fix to the Shelby decision, Advancing Justice | AAJC is engaging with Congressional offices and coalition partners on the best strategy to approach a legislative fix.

Language Access and Election Protection
Recognizing the importance of language assistance for full participation by AAPI voters, Advancing Justice | AAJC worked with Fair Elections Center and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund to publish three “Guides to Language Access” that clarify legal requirements and opportunities to provide language assistance, as well as outline best practices for three audiences: election officials, policymakers, and community leaders. Additionally, since the 2012 elections, Advancing Justice | AAJC, in partnership with APIAVote, continues to host the Asian Language Election Hotline, 888-API-VOTE, which offers bilingual assistance in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Hindi, Bengali, Tagalog, and Urdu. Advancing Justice | AAJC provides training for the hotline volunteers and staff the hotline on Election Day.

Election Administration Advocacy
Advancing Justice | AAJC works to ensure that the way elections are run improve access to the ballot for AAPI voters. More recently, Advancing Justice | AAJC has been engaging on HR 1 – the first bill introduced by the House in the 116th Congress that focuses on voting, campaign finance, and ethics – with Congressional offices, Advancing Justice affiliates, civil rights partners, and partners in the field. Advancing Justice | AAJC engages in discussions around election administration to ensure that policies pursued are not ones that put undue burden on language minority voters but rather address their needs for a customer service perspective.


Amicus Briefs
Advancing Justice | AAJC participates in legal advocacy on key voting rights issues before the U.S. Supreme Court through the filing of amicus briefs. In Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, Advancing Justice | AAJC led a joint effort with Latino Justice PRLDEF and with NALEO, joined by 19 other civil rights organizations, to file an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that the aggressive practice used in Ohio of purging voter rolls of individuals who have not voted in a two-year period is harmful to communities of color, and especially Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Latinx communities. It focused on how language barriers and lack of voter turnout disproportionately impacts our communities, especially as limited-English-proficient voters were not provided in-language notices. Justice Sonia Sotomayor cited our brief in her Supreme Court dissent in this case. In Gill v. Whitford, we also coordinated the Advancing Justice affiliation’s engagement in the Wisconsin partisan gerrymandering case before the U.S. Supreme Court, joining the civil rights brief led by the NAACP LDF and ensuring the interests of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities were represented as thought partners in the drafting process.

Population(s) Served
People of Asian descent

Advancing Justice | AAJC is a leading authority on immigration policy as it affects the Asian American community. We leverage our position as a leader in the Asian American and broader social justice community to promote fair and just immigration policies that protect family unity, provide access to immigration status and a pathway to citizenship, and promote civil rights protections and due process in enforcement.

Family Immigration
The family-based immigration system is the backbone of the Asian American community. Over the past two years, this system has been under attack by both the administration and Congress. In response, Advancing Justice | AAJC engaged in administrative and legislative advocacy to support positive legislation while fighting against these attacks that would decimate the family-based immigration system. We have taken the lead in educating lawmakers and the media about the merit and benefits of family immigration, and dispelling myths surrounding the anti-immigrant so-called “chain migration” narratives.

DACA/Dream
When the administration announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September 2017, Advancing Justice | AAJC mobilized our communities to speak out against the administration’s action, which affects nearly 800,000 young DREAMers. Working with Asian American and Pacific Islander immigrant advocacy, labor, civil rights, community health, service provider, and undocumented youth groups, we pushed for the swift passage of a clean DREAM Act. We continue to urge Congress to enact a permanent legislative solution that would once and for all protect our DREAMers and place them on a pathway to citizenship.

Muslim Ban
Standing together with Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian communities and remembering the history of Japanese American incarceration and the Chinese Exclusion Act, Advancing Justice | AAJC strongly opposed the administration’s Muslim Ban. Advancing Justice | AAJC analyzed and responded to the administration’s harmful Executive Orders, educated Congressional offices, local and national AAPI organizations, and the public on the administration’s changes to immigration policy. Advancing Justice | AAJC, along with our affiliates, joined amicus briefs filed by the Korematsu Center in the Fourth and Ninth Circuit cases, as well as the appeal to the Supreme Court. We urge Congress to pass legislation that would block any federal funds from being used to implement the Muslim Ban Executive Order.

Defund Hate
As part of the Defund Hate Campaign, we urge Congress to reduce the enforcement and detention budgets for both Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and to instead invest resources in education, infrastructure, and services that create safe and healthy communities.

Support for Aspiring New Americans
Through our partnership with the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center and the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC), we assisted hundreds of individuals with completing naturalization applications and provided assistance in applying for fee waivers. We are also analyzing policies regarding naturalization to ensure that no unnecessary barriers exist in the naturalization process.

Population(s) Served
People of Asian descent
Immigrants and migrants

Advancing Justice | AAJC works to address barriers that have historically resulted in the undercounting and underreporting of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in federal data collection and analysis efforts. An accurate count of our community in the census is essential for government services to be provided to our people, for decisionmakers to understand the community’s importance and for the enforcement of AAPIs’ civil rights. As a member of the Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations, and as co-chair of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ Census Task Force, we emphasize the need for a fully funded Census Bureau and for smart, effective and well-tested policy decisions to interested stakeholders, administration officials, and legislators. Through this work, we advocate for inclusive federal data collection efforts to safeguard the Census – our most valuable source of nuanced community demographic data.

The 2020 Census
Advancing Justice | AAJC has worked all decade-long engaging and advising the Census Bureau on their planning for the 2020 Census. From advising on the Census Bureau’s exploration on modernizing their race and ethnicity questions to raising concerns about the Census Bureau’s language support program, Advancing Justice | AAJC has had a seat at the table to advocate on behalf of AAPIs as policy decisions were being designed and contemplated, with a focus on operational and implementation decisions that will help ensure a fair and accurate census. Additionally, as the national hub for the AAPI community, Advancing Justice | AAJC has done extensive message testing to determine how best to reach the AAPI community to ensure that it is fairly and accurately counted in Census 2020. Advancing Justice | AAJC is now turning to the development of materials for use by community-based organizations and trusted messengers. We continue to engage with the Census Bureau through submission of administrative comments, educational meetings with congressional offices, and submission of testimony for census-related hearings. Our congressional engagement has focused primarily on the importance of a fully-funded 2020 Census to a fair and accurate count of AAPIs, as well as providing advice and support to offices on operational and policy issues.

Census Citizenship Question
In March 2018, the Department of Commerce announced its decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, and we have been fighting this decision on several fronts. The introduction of this untested question is likely to create fear among all immigrants and result in an undercount of vulnerable populations. To address this issue, we have partnered with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) to file a lawsuit seeking to remove the citizenship question from the census. Of the multiple lawsuits filed on this issue, ours is the only one that focuses on the Asian, Latino, and Native American communities, with plaintiffs who come from these communities. We were also among the first of a core group of civil rights organizations to update and educate the community about the addition and its implications for our communities through press and community briefings. We also led a public comments campaign with the Leadership Conference and other partners to oppose the proposed citizenship question on the 2020 Census. The joint campaign resulted in a total of 250,000 individuals and organizations commenting in opposition to the citizenship question.

Population(s) Served
People of Asian descent

Advancing Justice | AAJC maintains robust government engagement at all levels on issues of telecommunications, technology, and media. We submit comments to the Federal Communications Commission, Federal Elections Commission, and Federal Trade Commission on critical issues; educate Congressional leaders on policy matters that effect Asian Americans and other underserved communities; and in the courts, we file amicus briefs to highlight the impact of telecommunications and technology policies on our communities.

Leaving No One Behind in the Digital Age
With technology affecting our everyday lives, so many members of our community are left behind with no digital access or limited digital literacy. As access to technology moves from being a benefit to an absolute necessity, understanding the technological and telecommunications needs of our emerging and diverse population becomes even more important. For this reason, we endorsed the Digital Equity Act of 2019 that supports a diverse array of digital equity projects at the local and state level to help close the digital divide.

Leading the AAPI Community in the Technology and Telecommunications Space
We lead the Asian American Technology and Telecommunications Table that brings together Asian American organizations committed to raising the profile of our community’s voices in this space. The Table creates a space to educate members about ongoing technology and telecommunications policy debates, such as net neutrality, privacy, and 5G technology through nonpartisan briefings from various issue experts, corporations, and community partners. The Table translates those conversations into action, such as letters or comments for distribution and submission, blogs focused on our communities, and organized events.

Bringing our Voice to the Digital Privacy Conversation
Becoming such active participants in the online space has made our communities one of interest to companies that exist or rely on a digital medium. In the era of big data collection being used to create personalized technological experiences, Asian Americans are particularly vulnerable to having their personal data divulged through data brokers. Advancing Justice | AAJC is committed to advocating for a digital privacy regime that keeps our communities in mind such as ensuring limited English proficient individuals understand terms of service and breach notifications.

Media Representation: Our Representation Matters
Advancing Justice | AAJC remains committed to ensuring that media reflects the diversity of the world around us. From being a leader in the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition (APAMC) to calling out negative portrayals of Asian Americans on television, we continue to ensure that the images meant to reflect our communities are accurate, thoughtful, and relevant. Through the APAMC, we work with four major television networks on issues of diversity. We also advocate for diverse media ownership that ensures that various constituencies are served.

Population(s) Served
People of Asian descent
Economically disadvantaged people

Through our legal advocacy program, Advancing Justice | AAJC advances the civil rights and social justice goals of Asian American communities. We engage in cases that impact the welfare and interests of Asian American communities through impact litigation in federal courts, amicus briefs—including in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court—and generally, engaging with the broader racial and social justice coalition to advance key issues creatively. Our litigation and amicus strategy encompasses the breadth of the issues we address as an organization, including census; immigration; voting rights; tech, telecom, & media; language access; affirmative action; and more. This work expands the voice of Asian Americans by ensuring our participation in critical legal actions affecting our communities. Below are recent examples of our work in legal advocacy.

Litigation – Fighting in Court to Protect our Communities
Census: Advancing Justice | AAJC, along with MALDEF, filed a lawsuit in May 2018 alleging that the administration’s addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 decennial Census was motivated by racial animus and will lead to a severe undercount of Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans, immigrants, and other populations, depriving these communities of political representation and federal funding. LUPE, et al. v. Ross, et al. is the first and only among six legal challenges to include a claim that administration officials and others conspired to deprive immigrants of color of their constitutional rights by adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

Amicus Briefs – Expanding the Voice of Asian Americans
Immigration: In City of Philadelphia v. Sessions, Advancing Justice | AAJC submitted an amicus brief before the Third Circuit in support of Philadelphia’s welcoming policies that help build trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement to create a safer city for all. Through this brief, Advancing Justice | AAJC lifted up the stories of immigrants and highlighted the positive impacts of trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement.

Voting Rights: In Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, Advancing Justice | AAJC led a joint effort with other civil rights organizations to file an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that Ohio’s aggressive practice of purging voter rolls—a list of individuals who have not voted in a two-year period—is harmful to communities of color, especially those with limited English proficiency in the Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Latinx communities. Justice Sonia Sotomayor cited our brief in her Supreme Court dissent in this case.

Tech, Telecom & Media: In Metro PCS v. Picker, Advancing Justice | AAJC submitted an amicus brief in support of improved broadband internet for low-income minority communities impacted by the digital divide. The brief highlighted the importance of affordable broadband internet access for the educational and economic prospects of low-income communities of color.

Population(s) Served
People of Asian descent
Ethnic and racial groups

Following the rise in hateful rhetoric and hate incidents across the country in the lead-up to and following the 2016 election, Advancing Justice | AAJC has been working to document hate crimes and other incidents of hate committed against our Asian American and immigrant communities. We lift up such incidents to media and policymakers in order to shed light on the breadth of incidents targeting our communities and immigrants across the country, and work to connect individuals targeted by hate with resources, including legal assistance.

The Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation launched the Stand Against Hatred website (www.standagainsthatred.org) in January 2017 as a mechanism to track and report on hate incidents, including hate crimes, against AAPIs across the country.  In addition to English, the website is available in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. In the two years since the launch of our website, we have received nearly 250 reports of hate from 35 states and the District of Columbia, covering anti-Asian and anti-immigrant incidents that include hateful slurs, harassment, and violence.

We are a partner in the Communities Against Hate Coalition, which is led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Through this coalition, we, along with Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, have been working with the Lawyers’ Committee to support its Stop Hate project, including its 1-844-9-NO-HATE hotline, to make assistance available in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and other Asian languages.

The reports submitted to Advancing Justice were included in the report produced by the Leadership Conference in January 2019, "Hate Magnified: Communities in Crisis." This report analyzes nearly 4,000 stories collected in the Communities Against Hate online reporting database and the Hate Incidence Poll.

Population(s) Served
People of Asian descent
Ethnic and racial groups

Community Partners Network
Established in 1995, the Community Partners Network program has accumulated more than 20 years of experience in coalition-building as well as providing training and technical assistance to local groups on campaign efforts. We work closely with a collaboration of over 160 community-based organizations (CBOs) in 33 states and the District of Columbia. Through this network, we work to increase regional and local capacity to elevate community voices nationwide. In turn, the network provides us insight into the issues facing our diverse community.

We continue to build a diverse and united Community Partners Network that expands resource capacity in parts of the country where AAPI populations are growing significantly. In 2014, Advancing Justice | AAJC launched the Emerging Constituencies Initiative (ECI) which provides support and builds capacity of local organizations and leaders to advocate on behalf of their communities so that Asian Americans may more effectively participate in democratic processes at the local, state and, national levels. In 2015, we convened 12 local AAPI organizations in Houston, TX, for the ECI, creating the first AAPI-focused advocacy collaborative in the city and state. We provided technical assistance, including development training, which resulted in a successful multi-year grant for the Houston ECI collaborative to support AAPI outreach and civic engagement.

Throughout the year, we provide webinars and in-person trainings on policy and advocacy needs, as well as opportunities to engage in litigation and national campaigns to our Community Partners Network.

Youth Leadership Summit
We continue to support AAPI youth leadership development, and provide training, connections, and opportunities for young leaders to grow in their experience and impact. Since 2014, our annual Youth Leadership Summit has brought together a group of student leaders to Washington, DC, for three days of advocacy trainings and leadership development workshops focused on civic engagement. Summit participants represent a diverse array of AAPI backgrounds, advocacy interests, geographic areas across the country, and the colleges and universities they attend, and the Summit provides a unique opportunity for young advocates from across the country to both interact with their peers as well as learn from and network with national leaders.

Through interactive workshops, hands-on activities, and a visit to Capitol Hill, participants build advocacy skills and gain a deeper understanding of how advocacy and activism affect policy decisions. Student leaders also work with experienced policy advocates and have opportunities to interact with the legislative staff of U.S. Senators and Representatives. Following the Summit, select student participants are awarded project stipends to lead campus-based outreach and education efforts on key policy issues. The Summit takes place every September in Washington, DC.

Population(s) Served
People of Asian descent

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Advancing Justice | AAJC’s mission is to advance civil and human rights for Asian Americans and to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all. We believe a healthy democracy requires that all communities have the opportunity and the capacity to be full partners in shaping the programs, policies, and laws that affect them and their families.

In order to effectively advance equality and achieve justice in our society, the Asian American community must have greater visibility and be able to challenge and change systemic policies and structural discrimination that harm the community. Our goals and objectives are as follows:

STRENGTHEN ROOTS
• Increase the visibility of Asian Americans as part of the fabric of America
• Promote universal access and reduce barriers to critical technology and telecommunications services for AAPIs and other underserved communities

PROMOTE EQUAL PROTECTION
• Ensure and promote legal protections for Asian Americans

BUILD POLITICAL POWER
• Increase the voting power of the Asian American electorate

STRENGTHEN ROOTS
• Increase the visibility of Asian Americans as part of the fabric of America by:
o Defending federal immigration policies that promote family unification, integration, and naturalization rates of Asian Americans:
o Improving federal data collection and reporting policies and practices to help provide a more detailed understanding of Asian American communities:
o Expanding relevant and current quantitative and qualitative research about the Asian American community to inform our advocacy and community engagement efforts
• Promote universal access and reduce barriers to critical technology and telecommunications services for AAPIs and other underserved communities by:
o Engaging with the Federal Communications Commission:
o Educating and engaging with Congressional offices with regard to the AAPI community in the areas of telecommunications, technology, and media;
o Engaging with media outlets and executives on need to diversify content and ownership;
o Signing on to and file amicus briefs on relevant telecommunications and tech issues; and
o Establishing talking points on digital divide and broadcast media ownership to share with community partners across the country.

PROMOTE EQUAL PROTECTION
• Ensure and promote legal protections for Asian Americans by:
o Identifying and pursuing direct impact litigation on emerging legal issues that affect the Asian American community and to meet the needs of under-served Asian American groups:
o Leading the filing of amicus briefs in key civil and human rights cases impacting the Asian American community and other minority groups:
o Providing resources, litigation expertise, and coordination assistance to community partners, affiliates, and other civil rights groups to support strategic litigation efforts that will benefit the Asian American community:
o Bringing to light hate incidents and crimes against AAPIs to media and policymakers

BUILD POLITICAL POWER
• Increase the voting power of the Asian American electorate by:
o Ensuring unfettered access to the ballot box so that the Asian American voice is fully heard:
o Increasing the visibility of the Asian American electorate:
o Strengthening and expanding the capacity of community organizations to advance and protect the rights of Asian Americans and other communities of color.

Advancing Justice | AAJC has over 25 years of experience working to bridge the gap between federal policymakers and the Asian American community. We continue to serve as the leading Asian American voice on civil rights in our nation’s capital. We are one of the leading Asian American organizations working at the federal level to ensure public policies are inclusive of our community’s needs. Our staff are subject-matter experts, sought out by policymakers in the administration, Congress, and at the state/local levels.

As a founding member of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) national affiliation, we partner with our affiliates — Advancing Justice | Asian Law Caucus, Advancing Justice | Atlanta, Advancing Justice | Chicago, and Advancing Justice | Los Angeles — to extend the reach of our programming and enhance the impact of our collective work. Within the affiliation, Advancing Justice | AAJC leads on federal policy and advocacy. We hold an important seat at the table with leaders in Congress and the Executive Branch, elevating community concerns and helping improve the lives of Asian Americans across the nation.

We work closely with our Community Partners Network, a collaboration of over 160 community-based organizations (CBOs) in 33 states and the District of Columbia. Through this network, we work to increase regional and local capacity to elevate community voices nationwide. In turn, the network provides us insight into the issues facing our diverse community.

We consistently lead coalitions and collaborative ventures, both within the Asian American community and in the broader civil rights, immigrant rights, and social justice community. Advancing Justice | AAJC is an Executive Committee member and current co-chair of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), a coalition of over 30 AAPI organizations. We also serve as co-chair of NCAPA’s Civil Rights Committee and Immigration Committee. In conjunction with NCAPA, we engage with the over 30 AAPI organizations that work on a panoply of diverse issues in order to leverage the breadth of the work of the coalition to speak out together on civil rights issues.

We are also a member of the Board of Directors of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (the Leadership Conference), comprised of over 200 national organizations working together to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all Americans. Staff members serve as co-chairs of the Leadership Conference’s Census Task Force and the Immigration Task Force. We stand alongside other preeminent civil rights coalitions and organizations, such as the Leadership Conference, the National Urban League, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF), the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza), and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) as we work toward an equitable society for all.

Census & Data Collection
We have engaged Congress and the Census Bureau, fought in the courts, and engaged the community to ensure an accurate portrait of the AANHPI community and the resulting just and equitable policy decisions. We won the legal victory regarding the citizenship question. We created the www.countusin2020.org, hotline for callers who have questions, toolkits and translated factsheets in 15 Asian languages, 8 NHPI languages.

Immigration & Immigrant Rights
Our program has focused on winning a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., family re-unification and keeping families together, immigration enforcement and racial profiling, due process rights, detention standards, removal and repatriation regulations and anti-immigrant state and local legislation. We have authored and signed on to a number of amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and appellate courts in cases affecting the rights of immigrants.

Telecommunications, Technology, & Media
We continue to advocate to reduce barriers to critical technology services and have and continue to submit letters and comments to the FCC; we continue to push for digital privacy through our presence in front of Congress, the FTC and the NTIA. We have testified at a hearing in front of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce of the Committee on Energy and Commerce with the focus on “Inclusion in Tech: How Diversity Benefits All Americans.”

Legal Advocacy
Our work with impact litigation and filing amicus briefs—including many before the U.S. Supreme Court— continues to support key civil rights issues and to explain how pending litigation affects Asian American communities. Recent cases have addressed issues of significant importance to the Asian American community, including census, affirmative action, voting rights, language access, and immigration/immigrant rights.

Hate Incidents Initiative
In light of the rise of xenophobic rhetoric targeting immigrant communities, Advancing Justice | AAJC has been focused on documenting hate incidents occurring across the country and lifting up such incidents to media and policymakers to shed light on the breadth of incidents targeting our communities.

Voting Rights
We promote compliance with voting rights laws and increased access to the ballot, fight voter intimidation and suppression, produce reports on voting rights issues, and conduct voter surveys to increase understanding about the voting behavior and attitudes of our community. We also litigate and file amicus briefs on voting rights to ensure Asian American and other disenfranchised communities’ needs are known and on record.

Community Engagement
We continually build capacity and educate our community partners through information dissemination, webinars, trainings, and resource toolkits. Our annual youth leadership program has trained 112 youth over the last 6 years on policy and advocacy.

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Board of directors
as of 02/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Parkin Lee

(Retired)

Javade Chaudhri

Jones Day

Karen Korematsu

Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights

Parkin Lee

(Retired)

Nimesh Patel

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Andy Liu

Nichols Liu LLP

Jeffrey Hsi

Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.

Yoon-Young Lee

WilmerHale

Kenzo Kawanabe

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

Gina Shishima

Norton Rose Fulbright

Joan Haratani

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Kim Tran

Microsoft

Judy Lam

Maynard, Cooper, and Gale LLP

John Song

Baird Company

Linda Mar Weidman

Marriott

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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