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 impact 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 13-person staff, including seven 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. AALDEF receives no government funds.

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:


5.2.16

May 5: Presentation on DOJ's racial profiling of Chinese American scientists

4.22.16

Texas County and AALDEF settle federal voting rights lawsuit on language assistance

4.20.16

AALDEF exit poll results: Chinatown voters support Clinton, Trump in NY presidential primaries

3.24.16

March 28: Race Relations and Collaboration After the Peter Liang Case, NYC Bar Association

3.23.16

March 15: Panel on Human Rights, Trafficking & Economic Empowerment

3.8.16

AALDEF joins 325 groups urging Supreme Court to allow executive actions on immigration to proceed

3.7.16

March 9: Panel on Voting Rights in an Election Year for Communities of Color

2.26.16

AALDEF joins 80+ groups urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to take action on U.S. Supreme Court nominee

2.26.16

AALDEF praises NYS Board of Regents decision to remove obstacles to professional licenses for non-citizens

2.22.16

Feb. 27: AALDEF legal rights workshop on immigration, DACA

1.4.16

Asian delivery workers sue Manhattan sushi restaurant for back wages, overtime pay

12.9.15

Texas federal court rules that AALDEF voting rights lawsuit may proceed

12.1.15

AALDEF joins 220+ groups asking Supreme Court to protect Obama's immigration actions

11.3.15

FAQs on Asian Americans and Fisher v. UT-Austin

11.3.15

160+ AAPI groups file amicus briefs in support of affirmative action in Fisher v. UT-Austin