At this important moment in the Asian American civil and human rights movement, four leading organizations—Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago, Asian American Justice Center, Asian Law Caucus and Asian Pacifi c American Legal Center—are strengthening our alliance by coming together under one name, Asian American Center for Advancing Justice.Please view the video below to learn more about our affiliate partners and the Center for Advancing Justice. Together, we can all Meet the Challenge!
Together we will advance the goals we already work toward as individual organizations— promoting a fair and equitable society for all, strengthening civil and human rights, and empowering Asian American, Pacific Islander and other vulnerable communities. By affiliating under the same name, we will streamline and coordinate our efforts to promote our common goals while remaining equal and independent partners.
Each group boasts staff with valuable expertise and deep experience. Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago is the Midwest’s leading pan-Asian organization dedicated to empowering the Asian American community through advocacy, research, education and coalition building. The Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) is one of the foremost national organizations advancing civil and human rights for Asian Americans and building a fair and equitable society for all through education, public policy, community organizing and litigation. The Asian Law Caucus (ALC) is the oldest legal organization in the country defending the civil rights of Asian and Pacific Islander communities. It focuses on the needs of low-income, immigrant and under-served communities. The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) is the nation’s largest legal organization addressing the needs of Asians and Pacific Islanders by advocating for civil rights, providing legal services, education and building coalitions.
As Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, we will expand the Asian American community’s reach and effectiveness by speaking in one unifi ed and powerful voice.
The mission of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice is to promote a fair and equitable society forall by working for civil and human rights and empowering Asian Americans and Pacifi c Islanders and other underserved communities.
We envision a fair and equitable society for all that ensures civil and human rights for Asian Americans,Pacifi c Islanders, and other communities. To achieve this, we will work together—as equal and independentpartners under one name, speaking with one unifi ed and powerful voice—to promote justice, empower ourcommunities, bring local and national constituents together, and strengthen our multi-racial democracy.
Respect for human dignity
We uphold the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family andrecognize this to be the foundation of social justice.
Transparency and honesty
We are transparent and honest about how we implement our vision and mission and hold ourselves accountable for our actions.
Accountable to community
We value the rich diversity of our communities and understand that the power of our work—locally and nationally—is grounded in our responsiveness to their needs and perspectives.
We work towards creating a more just society by elevating the voices of the most disadvantaged and underserved members of our community.
We believe in coalition-building to bring together diverse Asian American and Pacifi c Islander communities, as well as other communities of color and underserved communities, in order to advance social justice. Our vision of social justice does not come at the cost of other marginalized communities.
We focus on creating innovative and systemic solutions to the challenges that we face in advancing justice.
We hold ourselves to the highest possible standards in providing analysis, expertise and representation.
Courageous and committed advocacy
We advocate for social justice and the needs of marginalized communities no matter how diffi cult or unpopular the cause. We commit to the long-term work that is required for true social change.