Who we are
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC is a national nonprofit founded in 1991 to protect civil and human rights. As a national advocate for Asian Americans based in Washington, D.C., we serve our country’s newest American community by promoting justice for all Americans, empowering our communities, bringing local and national constituencies together, and ensuring Asian Americans are able to fully participate in our democracy. Rooted in the dreams of immigrants and inspired by the promise of opportunity, Advancing Justice | AAJC advocates for an America in which all Americans are able to equally benefit from, and contribute to, the American dream.
What we do
Through public policy, litigation, public education, and the development of grassroots organizations, Advancing Justice | AAJC works to:
- Promote equal protections by ensuring that the civil and human rights of all Americans are recognized and protected.
- Strengthen roots by increasing the visibility of Asian Americans as part of the fabric of America; strengthening and expanding federal immigration policies that promote family unification, integration and naturalization; and ensuring an accurate reflection of Asian Americans in the 2020 Census.
- Build political power by increasing the voting power of the Asian American electorate at the regional and national level. As a member of Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation, we work with the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American advocacy organizations to extend our reach and increase our impact. We build a movement of civically engaged Asian Americans through our Community Partners Network (CPN), which is comprised of 130-community-based organizations across 30 states. Recognizing the rapidly growing Asian American population in our nation’s South and Midwest regions, our CPN strengthens the capacity of local community-based organizations in these regions to advance and protect the rights of Asian Americans and other communities of color.
Our expertise on issues of importance to the Asian American community is widely acknowledged in the media, by the public and by policy makers at the federal, state and local levels. Recent activities and accomplishments include:
- Supporting our families by successfully advocating for work visas for spouses of high-tech workers, and increasing access to education and employment opportunities for immigrant children and their parents.
- Increasing access to the polls by educating Asian Americans about their voting rights and supporting our nation’s only multi-lingual Asian-language Election Protection Hotline
- Investing in a new generation of Asian American leaders by annually convening university students from across the country in Washington, D.C. for leadership and advocacy training.
- Increasing the visibility of our communities through of our groundbreaking “Communities of Contrast” demographic report series that provides a portrait of the social, economic and political opportunities and challenges our communities face.
Filing friend-of-the-court briefs and advocating for equal protections on a wide range of issues including health care, education, reproductive rights, immigrant rights, criminal justice and racial justice. In 2014, Advancing Justice | AAJC filed 18 briefs in federal court, including advocating for affordable contraceptive coverage for female employees in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.