About AALDEF

Founded in 1974, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.

What We Do
AALDEF focuses on critical issues affecting Asian Americans, including immigrant rights, civic participation and voting rights, economic justice for workers, language access to services, educational equity, housing and environmental justice, and the elimination of anti-Asian violence, police misconduct, and human trafficking.

AALDEF engages in the following activities:

  • litigates cases that have major impacts on the Asian American community;

  • provides legal resources for community-based organizations and facilitates grassroots community organizing efforts;

  • conducts free, multilingual legal advice clinics for low-income Asian Americans and new immigrants;

  • educates Asian Americans about their legal rights;

  • comments on proposed legislation and governmental policies; and

  • trains students in public interest law and encourages them to use their legal skills to serve the community.

AALDEF has a 12-person staff, including six lawyers. We are assisted by over 300 volunteers, including pro bono attorneys, community workers, and students. AALDEF receives financial support from foundations, corporations, individual contributions and special fundraising events. 

Annual Report and Form 990 Information
To read more about our work, please read a copy of our latest Annual Report. Copies of AALDEF's most recent audited financial statements and IRS Form 990 can be found here.

Job Opportunities
A list of current employment and internship opportunities is available here.

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Take a look at our 40th anniversary video, first shown at our 2014 lunar new year celebration and Justice in Action Awards ceremony:




And for a 3-1/2 minute slideshow with some AALDEF board, staff, student interns, volunteers, clients, organizers, honorees, and supporters from the past 40 years, watch AALDEF@40: Reasons to be Happy:


3.27.18

AALDEF opposes Trump administration's politicization of Census 2020 by adding citizenship question

2.22.18

Feb. 25: DACA renewal and immigration know your rights clinic at Brooklyn Law School

1.24.18

New AALDEF guidance on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

12.18.17

Remembering AALDEF board member Vivian Cheng-Khanna,1955-2017

12.4.17

2017 AALDEF exit poll: 2,538 Asian American voters polled in 4 states: VA, NJ, NY, MA

11.9.17

Nov. 15-16: AALDEF calls on Asian Americans to mobilize in DC for a clean DREAM Act

10.30.17

Feb. 15, 2018: AALDEF lunar new year gala honoring Preet Bharara, Linda Greenhouse, and Chan Lee

9.24.17

Oct. 1: DACA renewal clinic at Flushing Library

9.5.17

AALDEF denounces ending of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; new DACA fact sheet

8.23.17

Federal appeals court upholds ruling in AALDEF case that Texas election law violates Voting Rights Act

8.7.17

AALDEF denounces introduction of RAISE Act to restrict legal imigration

7.17.17

AALDEF exit poll presentations in Miami, Las Vegas, Atlanta & San Diego

5.11.17

AALDEF statement on the president's voter fraud commission

5.9.17

Screening of new PBS film "Chinese Exclusion Act" and Q&A with Ric Burns and Li-shin Yu on May 23

4.18.17

New AALDEF report: The Asian American Vote in 2016

3.15.17

AALDEF joins amicus brief in State of Hawaii's challenge to revised Trump travel ban

3.6.17

AALDEF condemns Trump Administration's revamped anti-immigrant travel ban

2.17.17

AALDEF joins Korematsu Center amicus brief in challenge to Trump travel ban in Brooklyn federal court