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May 07, 2012

APALC staff attorney Carmina Ocampo was named Community Advocate of the Year by the Philippine American Bar Association (PABA) at their annual installation dinner in February 2012.  Ocampo received the recognition for her commitment to serving the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities through legal advocacy on a wide range of social justice issues.

May 07, 2012

The United States Supreme Court recently heard arguments from the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) legal challenge to Arizona’s sweeping anti-immigrant law S.B. 1070, which requires state and local law enforcement officers to detain and investigate residents based on the suspicion that they are undocumented.  It also purports to authorize state and local law enforcement officers to make warrantless arrests for alleged violations of immigration laws independent of federal authority to do so.    

May 07, 2012

In our January 2012 litigation newsletter, we introduced you to the case of Ms. Sakina Begum who both suffered sexual harassment on the job and was sued by her former employer, Desh Management, its owners and the supervisor who sexually harassed her for defamation because she sought help to end the harassment.  The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) and pro bono counsel Caldwell Leslie continue to pursue Ms. Begum’s case, including her affirmative sexual harassment and wage and hour claims.  They recently were successful in obtaining favorable discovery rulings against the plaintiffs in Los Angeles County Superior Court. 

May 03, 2012

Later this year, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (UT). The Court will consider a challenge to the constitutionality of UT’s consideration of race as one factor in a holistic, individualized review of about 25 percent of its undergraduate applicants’ admissions profiles.

Two years ago when the Fisher case was before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice), whose members are Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), Asian American Institute (AAI) and Asian Law Caucus (ALC), filed an amicus, or friend-of-the court, brief to support UT’s admissions policy. 

May 02, 2012

The Asian American Institute (AAI) in Chicago -- which like APALC, is a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice -- hosted its 14th annual Milestone Awards at Harold Washington Library on April 17.

May 01, 2012

APALC Staff Attorney Jacqueline Dan, who conducts legal services out of our Orange County office, is being honored by State Senator Lou Correa and Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) with an API Emerging Leader Award/Community Impact Award, in honor of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month this May.

May 01, 2012

Daniel Kikuo Ichinose, APALC’s Demographic Research Project Director, will take part in a presentation at a forum hosted by the U.S. Census Bureau and Asian American Justice Center on recent demographics of Asian American communities in the United States.

The forum, which will take place on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 from noon to 2:30 p.m. EDT, will cover the statistics of the American Community Survey and the 2010 Census.

Apr 26, 2012

by Stewart Kwoh
APALC President and Executive Director

Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles civil unrest – or Sa-I-Gu (Korean for 4-29) the day in 1992 that community outrage erupted hours after a jury’s unjust acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers who severely beat an African American motorist, Rodney King.  Fifty-four individuals died during the six days of unrest. Another 2,400 were injured. Businesses were looted and destroyed, resulting in an estimated $1 billion dollars in property damage. About half of the damage occurred to Korean-owned businesses. 

Apr 26, 2012

 

The Asian Pacific American Legal Center and the Asian American Justice Center, members of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, are among more than two dozen Asian American advocacy organizations that have signed on to a letter directed to Washington D.C. council member Marion Barry demanding a formal apology for his latest xenophobic and racist comments.

Apr 25, 2012

Jim Shee was driving to his birthday party in Phoenix on April 6, 2010 when a police officer pulled him over and asked him for his “papers.”

“I asked him why he had stopped me,’’ recalled Shee, a lifelong U.S. citizen of Spanish and Chinese descent who lives in Litchfield Park, Arizona. “He said I looked suspicious.”

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