Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

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Dec 14, 2017

Gambling addiction, similar to other addictions, is a mental health concern. To lose in gambling is to lose more than just money; losing can lead to stress and depression, family strife, and even loss of jobs or educational opportunities. Gambling is more than a bad habit; it is a mental health issue that cannot be ignored.

Dec 06, 2017

Previously on Part I of Gripped by Gambling, Carlos discussed how the temptations behind gambling strained his relationship with his son. In Part 2, Carlos and Myron discuss the importance of language access and support groups as well as the difficulties of navigating the shame and stigma associated with addiction within Asian American communities.

Nov 30, 2017

Carlos Lee’s gambling addiction left him at his lowest point in life. With the help of his son and local support groups, Carlos found a path to recovery. In the second story of the series Our Voices, Our Health, Carlos reflects with his friend and coworker, Myron Dean Quon, on his experiences with and the issue of gambling addiction in the Asian American community.

Nov 22, 2017

The Pro Bono Spotlight honors volunteers and the important work they do to help Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA fulfill its mission of serving communities in need. In this edition, we recognize Shirley Wei, an immigration attorney with her own practice, the Law Office of Shirley Wei.

Nov 16, 2017

Previously on Part 2 of Health Care Access and Immigrant Barriers, Melevesi and Matelita discussed the difficulties of obtaining Medi-Cal approval for Matelita’s cancer treatments. In this final segment, Melevesi and Matelita reflect upon language and utilization barriers, as well as the importance of community clinics and storytelling.

Nov 09, 2017
Nov 06, 2017

Nak Kim (“Rickie”) Chhoeun and his family fled the Khmer Rouge and arrived in the United States when he was only six years old. Now, he and over a hundred other Cambodian refugees have been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with final deportation orders. These are the largest raids to ever target the Cambodian community and nearly 2,000 other Cambodian refugees across the country are still at risk of being unlawfully arrested.

Nov 01, 2017

Matelita Fifita reflects on her journey to better health after being diagnosed with stage three breast cancer with her daughter, Melevesi Fifita-Talavou.  Matelia shares her experience having to postpone treatment because she lacked health insurance to cover costly screening services. With guidance from PIHP and other local organizations, Matelita was able to get health coverage and has been cancer free for six years now.

Oct 12, 2017

California needs to work harder to ensure ballot access for limited-English speaking voters. I should know – I’ve been fighting for bilingual ballots for over 50 years.

Aug 25, 2017

#WomensEqualityDay celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment, which expanded voting rights to women in 1920 -- at least, to white women. However, most people of color, including women of color, did not technically or effectively gain the right to vote until decades later.

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Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.