The mission of the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) is to advance the civil and legal rights of Asian Americans by focusing on providing linguistically accessible and culturally appropriate legal services to low-income Asian immigrants in the metropolitan D.C. area who have limited English proficiency. The goal is to ensure that Asian Americans can access government services and the legal system to protect and enforce their rights, and to seek full participation in American society. The APALRC seeks to accomplish this mission through a three-prong strategy that combines community legal education, individual representation, and systemic advocacy.

The APALRC Mentioned in the May 2015 Issue of Washington Lawyer

The APALRC thanks the Washington Lawyer for discussing our work with victims of trafficking in the DC area in its May 2015 issue.

For approximately three years now, the APALRC has worked extensively with victims of trafficking and fraud in foreign labor contracting apply for immigration relief in the form of T and U visas. Given that our clients have all shared a common thread, we have grouped our legal services for these particular clients into two distinct programs - "Justice for Filipino Teachers" and our "Domestic Workers" program assisting trafficked domestic workers from Indonesia.

Job Announcement: New Americans Campaign Legal Fellow (An Attorney Position)

The Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) is offering a one-year fellowship for an attorney to launch the New Americans Campaign in the Metro DC region. The position is grant-funded and, subject to outcomes of the project, is renewable for one additional year.

The New Americans Campaign brings together networks of legal service providers, faith-based organizations, businesses, foundations, and community leaders to streamline access to naturalization services, enabling more permanent residents qualified to become citizens to take the step toward attaining American citizenship. The APALRC, together with Asian Americans Advancing Justice, is bringing the New Americans Campaign to the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the DC Metropolitan region. The attorney fellow will launch the regional campaign to help qualified immigrants apply for American citizenship.

Qualifications:

  • 0-2 years of experience in the practice of immigration law.
  • Licensed to practice law in a U.S. jurisdiction is required.
  • Demonstrated commitment in public interest law and social justice advocacy; experience working with immigrants, low-income individuals and those with limited English proficiency and in a legal services setting highly desirable.

The APALRC is Seeking Its New Executive Director

The Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) seeks candidates for the position of Executive Director. We are looking for an energetic individual who has a track record in leading organizations that advance social justice.

The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of the APALRC who will report to the Board of Directors and provide the overall vision for the organization. The Executive Director provides oversight of the legal programs; leads and implements resource development initiatives; develops and implements the organization's strategic plan; manages the finances and operations of the APALRC; and represents the APALRC in local, regional, and national collaboratives.

Key priorities for the Executive Director include the following:

  • To serve as the public face of the APALRC, carrying out a leadership role in local, state, and national networks of legal services, immigrant rights advocates, social and racial justice advocates, clients, and social services communities.
  • To provide the leadership, supervision, and mentorship to the staff to strengthen, protect, and focus high quality work of maximum impact for clients.
  • To help the APALRC develop and implement a strategic plan to accomplish the organizational vision.

"A Community of Contrasts" - The Changing Face of the South

The APALRC has been a proud local partner of Asian Americans Advancing Justice ("Advancing Justice") in its production and release of "A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in the South," a disaggregated report on Asian American communities based on the 2010 Census focusing on economic, health, educational, and other vital statistics pertaining to Asian American communities across the country. Based on the Census, the APALRC has specifically been involved in Advancing Justice's report on the southern region of the United States, which covers 16 states, including Maryland and Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Register Now for the 2014 Advancing Justice Conference!

UPDATE: The deadline to register online is this Friday, September 19! After Friday, attendees may only register in-person at the conference and will be charged at a higher rate. Register online by Friday!


Join the APALRC at the sixth annual Advancing Justice Conference hosted by Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice)!

The Advancing Justice Conference is the first and only national conference that focuses on civil rights and social justice in the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. It is a unique forum to learn from other community experts; discuss common issues, challenges and opportunities; share best practices; and find ways to work collaboratively.

At this year's conference, Advancing Justice will formally release the demographic report:

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