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 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:

Do More 24 with the APALRC Today!


The opportunity to donate to support the APALRC through the United Way's Do More 24 Campaign begins now!

For one day only, we will be competing with other DC-area nonprofits in fundraising for our work. That means you will have until 11:59 pm to donate through the Do More 24 Campaign, which will help make a difference and improve lives in our community. Every donation counts, no matter how big or small!

As an added bonus, for a minimum donation of $24, you will receive a voucher for a free appetizer with the purchase of an entree at Gordon Biersch.

To visit the APALRC's own Do More 24 page, please click below:

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Event: Do More 24 for the APALRC!
Time: Thursday, June 19, from midnight to 11:59 pm

APALRC's 16th Anniversary Celebration

For the event homepage and to reserve tickets, please click here.

The Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center is proud to be celebrating its 16th anniversary on Tuesday, June 10th, at the China Garden Restaurant in Rosslyn, VA. 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's state of the union address in which he famously declared a "War on Poverty," leading to such groundbreaking legislation such as the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 and social programs such as the creation of legal services.

To commemorate this milestone, the APALRC is proud to have Mr. James J. Sandman, the president of the Legal Services Corporation, as its keynote speaker this year. Additionally, we will be presenting the Access to Justice Award to the pro bono legal team that has worked with us on the Justice for Filipino Teachers Project. The team comprises the law firms of Covington & Burling; Crowell & Moring; DLA Piper; and Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy.

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