Mission: To advance civil and human rights for Asian Americans and to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all.
About the organization: Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC is a national organization located in Washington, D.C., dedicated to advancing the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and building a fair and equitable society for all through public education, public policy advocacy, community organizing, and litigation. The organization comprises four affiliates: Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Atlanta, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Los Angeles.
Current programs: The organization's programs include the Anti-Racial Profiling Project, which offers resources and legal referrals; efforts to address anti-Asian hate; and projects focused on the census, immigration and immigrant rights, legal advocacy, media diversity, racial justice, telecommunications and technology, and voting rights. Established in 1995, the Community Partners Network brings together more than a hundred and sixty community-based organizations and grassroots leaders across the United States collaborating to realize sustainable change through policy advocacy, direct services, social and cultural activities.
In response to the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes and incidents since 2020, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC has launched the website www.StandAgainstHatred.org to raise awareness about and document how increased racism and discrimination against Asian Americans, who have been wrongly blamed for COVID-19, have led to verbal abuse, harassment, and physical violence. The site, which is accessible in Chinese (both simplified and traditional), Korean, and Vietnamese, offers resources for combating hate and a page where victims can report their stories of hate incidents. In addition, the organization has created a crowdsourced anti-hate community resources document and is hosting webinars on bystander intervention and how to respond to harassment.
Website: Visitors to the Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC website can learn more about specific programs and the organization's impact in building stronger roots, equal protections, and political power; access "know your rights" resources, including language rights in voting, a voter hotline, and citizenship clinics; or follow the blog for the latest developments. They also can report an anti-AAPI hate incident; get involved in the organization's work, including through clerkships and internships; or make a donation.
Funding: Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC is funded by individuals, foundations, and corporations.