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:


11.7.18

Preliminary results of AALDEF exit poll of more than 7,600 Asian American voters in midterm elections

11.6.18

AALDEF to conduct Asian American Exit Poll and monitor poll sites in 14 states

10.30.18

AALDEF criticizes Trump's intention to end birthright citizenship by executive order

10.29.18

AALDEF stands in solidarity with Pittsburgh and Louisville

10.6.18

Volunteers needed for AALDEF Asian American Exit Poll and to monitor polling places in 2018 elections

9.28.18

AALDEF denounces White House plan to redefine "public charge" for immigrants seeking green cards

9.10.18

Sept. 12: AALDEF legal director Ken Kimerling receives 2018 New York County Lawyers Association Public Service Award

8.30.18

35 Asian American groups and higher ed faculty file amicus brief in support of race-conscious admissions at Harvard

7.10.18

AALDEF statement on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court

6.26.18

AALDEF deplores the Supreme Court's decision upholding the Muslim ban

4.23.18

Korean and Latino workers at Kum Gang San restaurants win enforcement of $2.7 million wage theft judgment

3.27.18

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

12.4.17

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

8.23.17

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