Working for Equal Justice in the Asian Pacific Islander Community
For thirty years, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (API Legal Outreach) has worked to tear down long-standing barriers that have denied Asians and Pacific Islanders equal justice and equal access to our legal system.
By working closely with our clients and community groups, we can respond to our community’s most pressing needs, both immediate and long-term. At the same time, we have been educators, lawyers, advocates, teachers—working to instill in the API community a sense of its legal rights and community responsibilities. Among our ongoing accomplishments:
- Providing holistic legal and social services for survivors of domestic violence in partnership with other community-based agencies to educate and empower the clients that we serve.
- Raising awareness and removing barriers to abuse of elders in the API community; the Department of Justice recently awarded API Legal Outreach, in collaboration with the Victim Services Office of the San Francisco District Attorney and Kimochi, a grant to develop and implement comprehensive, culturally competent training programs on all facets of elder abuse.
- Collaborating with emerging API communities to make legal services more accessible and culturally-sensitive; this year, we expanded our outreach efforts to target specifically the Laotian and Filipino communities.
- Staffing clinics in Alameda, San Mateo, and San Francisco counties to make our services accessible to those with geographic or physical limitations.
- Working to bring together regional and national networks to combat the international trafficking of humans for sexual and economic exploitation; in addition to representing victims before INS and local police agencies, API Legal Outreach works with collaboration partners—shelters, trauma psychologists—to provide trafficking victims with the social services safety net necessary to begin rebuilding their lives.
- Providing the full range of immigration services and advocating for immigrant rights, including combating the increasing numbers of deportations which separate families and destabilize communities.
- Bringing together groups in the API community to address the issues of family violence, sexual harassment and dating violence
- Empowering future leaders to engage in youth-friendly projects to educate and speak out against youth violence
- Advocating on social justice issues including the continuing campaign to free Eddy Zheng, establishing the right to marry for all individuals, and counseling victims of police misconduct.
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