55 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 896 - 1701
Contra Costa County
San Francisco County
San Mateo County
Santa Clara County
Who We Are
Founded in 1972, Advancing Justice - ALC is the nation's first legal and civil rights organization serving low-income Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities. Advancing Justice - ALC strives to defend and empower the API community through a three-pronged strategy of community organizing, direct legal services, and strategic impact litigation.
These are the areas we focus on:
The Criminal Justice Reform Program challenges the criminalization of communities of color from arrest to sentencing. We examine the intersection between criminal justice and immigration systems, combating unjust federal programs such as Secure Communities, or "S-Comm," and advocate the immigrant rights bill (TRUST Act 3.0) which seeks to sharply limit Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers in California, reducing unjust deportation. We also continue to provide direct legal services to immigrant families of youth in the juvenile system.
The Workers' Rights Program seeks to uphold protections guaranteed to all employees in California including the right to be paid both overtime and a minimum wage to work in a safe and healthy environment, and to work free from unlawful discrimination. We empower workers by educating them on their rights and providing legal assistance.
The Housing Rights Program provides direct legal assistance to low-income tenants and seniors and seeks to build community infrastructure in low-income neighborhoods. We also work closely with community partner agencies to monitor trends in development and empower tenants.
The Immigrant Rights Program provides direct legal services to under-served, low-income members of the community on immigration matters such as: family unification, adjustment of status, naturalization, and deportation defense. We ensured the visibility of the API community in the public discourse on Comprehensive Immigration Reform and continue to build leadership, especially in our youth, to fight for a just and humane immigration reform.
The National Security and Civil Rights Program challenges national security policies impinging the civil rights of the African, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AAMEMSA) communities, especially after September 11, 2001 by working with other organizations in advocating local and state protections against overreaching FBI intrusion into San Francisco law enforcement affairs.
This organization is accessible by wheelchair
Person living with HIV/AIDS
Person with Disabilities
Related to person living with HIV/AIDS
Survivor of Domestic Violence
U.S. Citizen or Documented Immigrant
Full Legal Representation
Pro Se Legal Clinic
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