About Us


Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago builds power through collective advocacy and organizing to achieve racial equity. We do this by:


Developing grassroots leaders through base-building programs such as KINETIC (for high school English learners), I Speak Power (for adult English learners), and A Just Chi (at-large community members)


Connecting communities through coalition leadership including Just Democracy Illinois, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and the Pan-Asian Voter Empowerment Coalition


Getting out the vote by reaching out to Asian Americans, increasing participation, and growing our community’s power. We win campaigns by exercising our power and mobilizing community members to achieve racial equity.



For over 25 years, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago has worked to bring together the Asian American community, and empower them to create change in their communities. In 2017 we adopted a new racial equity mission that allows us to extend beyond our community, forge new relationships, and win on issues that affect all marginalized communities.

Advancing Justice | Chicago is an affiliate of Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Our national affiliation allows us to raise a more powerful voice to better serve our communities and become more effective in addressing the civil rights issues faced by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other vulnerable and underserved communities. Other Advancing Justice affiliates are located in Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.



Asian American Institute is founded.


Asian American Institute joins the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium as its Chicago affiliate.

Asian American Institute is a founding member of the Pan-Asian Voter Empowerment (PAVE) Coalition

Asian American Institute re-brands as Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago, an affiliate of Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Other affiliates created in D.C, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Atlanta.

Hosted community forum on police brutality in Chicago that included a list of demands for the City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department.


Welcoming City Ordinance amendment to protect immigrant communities passed by Chicago City Council after advocacy campaign led by Advancing Justice | Chicago and a coalition of grassroots immigrant rights organizations.

Advancing Justice | Chicago is a lead organization in achieving two landmark policy wins in Illinois: passing Automatic Voter Registration and the Illinois TRUST Act into law.


Advancing Justice | Chicago hosts first ever Grassroots Leadership Assembly with representatives from KINETIC, I Speak Power, and A Just Chi


KINETIC youth leaders successfully advocate for change in CPS policy to better support ELL students on their path to graduation

From Our Leaders

"What's great about Advancing Justice | Chicago is the focus on raising leaders for both today and the future - leaders who believe in racial equity who will fight for it through civic engagement and policy advocacy. The staff and grassroots leaders inspire me every day."

— Karthik Raja, Advancing Justice | Chicago board vice-president