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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  • On Monday evening, President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement. The next justice could have a lasting impact on the Court for decades to come.At stake for the Asian American community is the future of voting rights, access to health care, workers' rights, educational equity, and immigrants' rights. In...

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Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
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  • The Asian American Legal Defense and Education deplores the U.S. Supreme Court opinion released today in Trump v. Hawai'i as a setback for this country's immigrants, refugees, and their families. By a 5-4 vote, the Court upheld the discriminatory targeting and exclusion of nationals from mostly Muslim-majority countries, ruling that the president did not overstep his broad powers under the immigra...

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
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  • The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) joined the Committee of 100 (C100), United Chinese Americans (UCA), the Ohio Chinese American Association (OCAA), and eight other community groups, to demand justice for civil servant Sherry Chen. These organizations express concern over the Department of Commerce's June 18, 2018 petition for review following Sherry's victory in her ques...

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  • New York, NY...A Manhattan federal court ruled on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, that the owner of the Kum Gang San restaurants, Ji Sung Yoo, fraudulently transferred his property to his wife in order to avoid paying a wage theft judgment of $2.7 million to 11 Asian and Latino workers.The court also ordered that Yoo's wife, Sandra, return $950,000 in mortgage moneys that she obtained from the transfer...

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
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  • New York, NY...The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is deeply concerned with the U.S. Census Bureau's 11th-hour decision to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census form. The purpose of the census is to count all people in the United States, including immigrants and undocumented individuals--not just citizens. The census form has not included a citizenship question...

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
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  • AALDEF staff attorney Annie Wang will speak at our free DACA renewal clinic and know your rights immigration legal clinic on Sunday, February 25, 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm, at Brooklyn Law School. Co-sponsors include the Asian American Bar Association of New York, Asian American Federation, Asian Health and Social Service Council, Chinese American Family Alliance for Mental Health, Coalition for Asian A...

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
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  • AALDEF is participating in two Know Your Rights events on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) on Saturday, February 3:From 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm, AALDEF is provide free legal assistance at a DACA renewal immigration clinic at Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, 203-05 32nd Ave., Bayside, NY. Cp-sponsors include Asian American Bar Association of New York, Korean Community Se...

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
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  • On January 9, 2018, a federal district judge in California temporarily blocked the Trump administration's cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.*¬†¬†Following this order, on January 13, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will comply with the federal court order and allow DACA recipients to renew their deferred action and empl...

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  • Vivian Cheng-Khanna had an intellect refined at a top college and law school, but the easygoing manner of a friend who had all afternoon to hear what was on your mind. While practicing law in some of the most competitive arenas, Vivian always found time for family, friends, and community service. She passed away on November 24 at age 62, but the joy she brought to so many people lives on in many h...

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  • According to a nonpartisan exit poll of 2,538 Asian American voters in the 2017 elections, Asian Americans strongly supported Democratic candidates in four states--Virginia, New Jersey, Massachusetts and New York--with 3 out of 5 voters disapproving of Donald Trump's performance as president. The multilingual exit poll was conducted by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), ...

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
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  • AALDEF is among the 18 Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) immigrant advocacy, labor, civil rights, community health, service provider, and undocumented youth groups calling for a new organizing coalition to secure swift passage of a clean DREAM Act.On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, putting 800,000 ...

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), a New York-based national civil rights organization, will dispatch attorneys and volunteers to document voter problems and the availability of language assistance on Election Day, November 7th, in New York City and Boston for the Mayoral and City Council elections, and in New Jersey and Virginia for the gubernatorial elections.AALDEF wi...

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 ...

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