The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a New York-based national organization founded in 1974 that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.

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Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
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  • AALDEF seeks volunteers to defend Asian American voting rights in the November 2017 elections in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia..In past elections, Asian Americans have faced a series of barriers in exercising their right to vote, including segregated "Asian" voting lines. When the news media reported on election results, Asian Americans were overlooked. On November 7, 2017, AAL...

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
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  • The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), in partnership with the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), the National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ), the New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health (NYCAAMH), and the Chinese-American Family Alliance for Mental Health (CAFAMH), will be holding a free one-day legal and mental health event on Sun...

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
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  • On Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, 12 noon to 1:30 pm, AALDEF will conduct a DACA Renewal Training Webinar for pro bono lawyers, in conjunction with the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY).Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Sept. 5, 2017, the rescission and "winding down" of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provided temporary protection from deportation a...

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
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  • The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) was appalled to hear Attorney General Jeff Sessions announce this morning that the Trump administration is ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protection for the roughly 800,000 young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. Under this 2012 program initiated by President Obama, individuals were granted a temp...

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
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  • Asian American voters entitled to interpreters of their choice under Voting Rights ActThe Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) applauded the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision last week that affirmed the district court ruling that the Texas law, which requires interpreters to be registered voters, violates the Voting Rights Act (VRA), which protects the right of voters to ...

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
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  • On the fifth anniversary of the announcement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in June 2012, DACA continues to improve and transform the lives of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and qualify for temporary protection from deportation and employment authorization. The new administration, however, has significantly stepped up its immigration ...

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
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  • Today, the federal district court in Honolulu will hold a hearing at 9:30 am Hawaii time (3:30 pm ET) on the State of Hawaii's lawsuit challenging Trump's revised travel ban, which temporarily suspends U.S. refugee admissions and migrants from six Muslim-majority countries. Executive Order 13780, entitled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States," was issued on Ma...

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
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  • The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) was appalled to learn that the President and two Republican senators intend to push for the enactment of the RAISE Act, which would drastically reduce the number of immigrant visas (green cards) available on an annual basis by 50%. The RAISE Act would create a new immigration points system, replacing the current employment-based visa cat...

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
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  • On the fifth anniversary of the announcement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in June 2012, DACA continues to improve and transform the lives of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and qualify for temporary protection from deportation and employment authorization. The new administration, however, has significantly stepped up its immigration ...

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
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Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
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  • AALDEF will conduct the next three presentations on its new report, "The Asian American Vote 2016," which includes information from our multilingual exit poll of 13,846 Asian American voters in the 2016 elections, the largest nonpartisan survey of its kind in the nation. Learn about which candidates Asian American voters supported in the Presidential and Congressional elections and voters' opinion...

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
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  • During the 2016 Presidential Elections, 13,846 Asian American voters participated in the nation's largest nonpartisan multilingual exit poll. AALDEF's Asian American Exit Poll was conducted in 11 Asian languages and English in 55 cities across 14 states - NY, NJ, MA, PA, VA, MD, MI, GA, LA, FL, TX, NV, NM, and CA - and Washington, DC. The exit poll reveals vital information about Asian American vo...

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
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  • President Trump today signed an executive order establishing a commission to investigate tenuous charges of voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election. Despite Trump's repeated assertions that millions of "illegals" voted in the 2016 elections, no credible evidence has been presented to support this baseless claim. In fact, the myth of widespread voter fraud has been used for years to garner su...

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
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  • Multilingual exit poll of 13,846 Asian American voters shows strong supportĀ for Democratic candidates in 2016 electionsToday, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) released a new report with detailed findings from its nonpartisan multilingual exit poll of 13,846 Asian American voters in the November 2016 elections. The exit poll found that the overwhelming majority of Asian ...

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