Our Impact

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago builds power through collective advocacy and organizing to achieve racial equity in Chicago, the Midwest, and beyond. For 30 years, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Advancing Justice | Chicago has worked to bring together the Asian American community and create change in our communities through leadership development, advocacy, and civic engagement work. Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial group in Chicago, Illinois, and the entire country.

As the only progressive pan-Asian power-building organization in Illinois, Advancing Justice | Chicago is creating meaningful policy change and building a diverse grassroots base that guides our campaign priorities and strategic vision. We know that change doesn’t happen overnight. But with your support and involvement, our work will continue to empower hundreds of community leaders to lift their voices, and take action to advance racial equity. Learn more about our key issue areas, our impact, and how our vision in action.

Download PDF of FY23 Annual Report here.



In 2022, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago celebrated its 30th anniversary. Check out our 30 Years of Advancing Justice | Chicago brief video as we come to end of our milestone year. We are proud to reflect on how far we have come, and grateful for all of the community leaders and stakeholders who have helped in our mission to uplift the voices of the Asian American community of Chicago, the Midwest, and beyond. Thank you for 30 years of support and allowing us to continue our work of advancing justice.

Download pdf of 2021-2022 impact report here



The Asian American Institute (AAI) is founded as a research and policy organization with the goal of uplifting the profile of Asian American communities in Chicago.


AAI lobbies to nominate Bill Lann Lee as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, and to confirm Paul Igasaki as a commissioner on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.


AAI promotes Asian American and Pacific Islander participation in the 2000 Census, and publishes “A Comprehensive Guide to the Asian American Community of the Greater Chicago Area.”


AAI forms a coalition on redistricting, and sets the ground work to launch poll monitoring programs to ensure language access compliance under the Voting Rights Act during the 2002 election.


AAI and the Association of Asian Construction Enterprises successfully lobbies the City of Chicago to re-include Asian Americans in the affirmative action program for city contracts.


AAI is a founding member of the PanAsian Voter Empowerment (PAVE) Coalition, which organizes the first-ever Asian American-focused mayoral forum.


AAI works with Cook County election officials to implement required language access for South Asian voters for the first time ever and runs the largest election poll watching effort in IL.


AAI rebrands as Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago as an affiliate alongside peer organizations in D.C., Southern California (Los Angeles and Orange County), San Francisco, and Atlanta.


Advancing Justice | Chicago organizes a community forum on police brutality, with initial demands evolve into the Chicago Welcoming City Ordinance.


Advancing Justice | Chicago leads the championing of the Automatic Voter Registration and the Illinois TRUST Act for the state.


KINETIC youth leaders successfully advocate for change in Chicago Public Schools policy to better support English language-learner students.


Advancing Justice | Chicago launches Bystander Intervention Trainings in partnership with Right To Be in response to rising anti-Asian sentiment and violence.


Advancing Justice | Chicago leads the passage of the TEAACH Act, making IL the first state in the nation to require Asian American history to be taught in all public schools.


Advancing Justice | Chicago celebrates 30 years of impact, and continues to organize and work to implement systemic change.


Advancing Justice | Chicago makes major strides fighting for racial equity through its coalition work with the Illinois Network for Pretrial Fairness which successfully ended money bond throughout the state. The Erase the Gang Database coalition also celebrates the end of Chicago's gang database which surveilled and targeted Black and brown Chicagoans.

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 Member