Press Releases


NYC Chinatown garment workers win $1.2 million in damages for labor law violations
5.14.14
Today, a Manhattan federal judge awarded 13 Chinatown garment workers over $1.2 million in damages for unpaid minimum wage and overtime pay owed between 2005 to 2010...   

AALDEF commends federal guidance on equal access to public schools and immigration status
5.8.14
AALDEF commends the joint guidance released today by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education to state and local school districts, emphasizing their universal obligation to provide all children with equal access to elementary and secondary public...

Asian Americans file complaint against Philadelphia City Commissioners on language access for voters
4.16.14
Today, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) filed a complaint against the Philadelphia City Commissioners for refusing to provide language assistance to Asian American voters...

AALDEF Statement on The Colbert Report
4.2.14
Over the course of the past week, a controversy has escalated surrounding Stephen Colbert's joke during a Colbert Report segment, and the tweet it spawned on the @ColbertReport account. The segment...

NYC Board of Elections Settles Lawsuit on Bengali Ballots in Queens
3.24.14
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)'s lawsuit against the NYC Board of Elections over the Board's failure to provide Bengali ballots in compliance...

New York Voting Rights Organizations Urge Governor Cuomo To Promptly Order Special Election For 12 Vacant Legislative Seats
3.18.14
Twelve legislative seats in the New York State Assembly and State Senate are currently vacant, depriving approximately 1.8 million New Yorkers, over 800,000 of whom are people of color, of their fundamental right to representation...

Feds Reject New Barriers to Voter Registration Requested by Three States
1.22.14
Yesterday, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) denied requests from Arizona, Kansas, and Georgia to change the National Mail Voter Registration Form (the Federal Form) that would require new voter registration applicants...

Asian American Groups Rejoice Ruling Striking Down PA's Discriminatory Voter ID Law
1.17.14
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (APABA-PA) applaud the ruling by a state judge that has struck down the law requiring Pennsylvania's voters...

AALDEF Applauds Bipartisan Bill to Modernize the Voting Rights Act
1.16.14
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) commends the introduction of bipartisan legislation offering common sense fixes to modernize the Voting Rights Act (VRA). This bill will address...

Poll: 75% of Korean Americans Want Immigration Reform
12.20.13
According to the results of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund's (AALDEF) exit poll in Virginia, New Jersey, and New York, 75% of Korean Americans polled support immigration reform...

Poll: Over 82% of South Asian Voters Chose Democrats in 2013
12.20.13
According to the results of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund's (AALDEF) exit poll in Virginia, New Jersey, and New York, South Asian American voters voted for Democrat candidates in staggeringly high numbers...

Even GOP Asian Americans Favor Candidates Who Support Immigration Reform: Poll
12.11.13
According to new results of an exit poll released today by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), more than half (52%) of voters polled in Virginia, New Jersey, and New York...

New Poll: Asian American Voters Not Tied to Political Party in Key States
11.08.13
According to the results of an exit poll in Virginia, New Jersey, and New York, Asian American voters are open to candidates of both political parties in key states. The nonpartisan multilingual exit poll of 2,290...

Asian American Civil Rights Group Reports Voting Violations on Election Day
11.05.13
Poll monitoring reports from New York, New Jersey, and Virginia by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) today include reports of a mistranslated ballot proposition, Hindi and Korean interpreter shortages, improper voter...

UT Asian American Students and Teachers File Brief Supporting Affirmative Action
11.01.13
On behalf of student association Asian Desi Pacific Islander American Collective (APAC) and the Asian/Asian American Faculty and Staff Association (AAAFSA) at the University of Texas at Austin, the Asian American Legal Defense...

Asian American Group to Monitor Polls and Poll Voters in NY, NJ, and VA on Election Day
10.31.13
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), a 39-year old national civil rights organization, will dispatch over 250 attorneys, law students, and community volunteers to three states to document voter problems on Election Day...

Study: Gender Gap in Earning More Significant for Asian Americans than Whites
10.24.13
A new policy paper on educational achievement and earning power of Asian Americans challenges the model minority stereotype of Asian Americans as universally high achievers...

First Multi-City Chinatown Land-Use Study Shows Asian Americans Displaced from East Coast Chinatowns
10.09.13
Today, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) held a briefing webinar to launch its new report on the dramatic gentrification of Chinatowns in Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia...

AlFalah Center Wins Injunction Against Bridgewater Township
10.04.13
The AlFalah Center can now move forward with its application to build a mosque and community center in Bridgewater, NJ, ruled Federal District Judge Michael A. Shipp on Monday. The judge granted AlFalah's...

Volunteers Needed November 5th: Asian American Election Protection and Poll Monitoring
10.04.13
In past elections, Asian Americans have faced a series of barriers in exercising their right to vote. For example, poll workers were hostile and made racist remarks, poll sites had too few interpreters to assist Asian American voters...

Asian American Groups File Response to PA Attorney General's Motion to Disregard their Amicus Brief
09.20.13
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) of Pennsylvania filed a response today to the Pennsylvania State Attorney General's motion to disregard...

AALDEF Introduces Toolkit on Language Access for Asian American Community Organizations
09.12.13
The Language Access Toolkit is a manual created by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), which houses the National Asian American Education Advocates (NAAEA)...

Broken Voting Machines and Lack of Language Assistance Hurt Asian American Vote
09.10.13
During today's mayoral primary, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund's (AALDEF) poll monitors found broken voting machines, missing interpreters, a lack of translated materials, and even racist remarks by poll workers....

New Report: Back to School Includes Bias-Based Harassment of Asian and Sikh Students in NYC
09.05.13
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and The Sikh Coalition released their third report in five years today documenting bias-based harassment of Asian American students in New York City public schools...

AALDEF Testimony Before the Presidential Commission on Election Administration
09.04.13
AALDEF is a 39-year-old national civil rights organization based in New York City that promotes and protects the civil rights of Asian Americans through litigation, legal advocacy, and community education...

New Report Shows Increase in Reported Bullying of Asian Students in NYC
09.03.13
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and the Sikh Coalition will hold a press briefing on Thursday, September 5 at 10am to release findings on bias-based harassment of Asian American students...

Asian American Groups File Brief Against PA's Discriminatory Voter ID Law
08.30.13
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) of Pennsylvania filed an amicus "friend of the court" brief in the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court challenging...

More human trafficking lawsuits filed against Signal International
08.08.13
The Southern Poverty Law Center announced that five more lawsuits have been filed this week against Signal International LLC, accusing the shipbuilder and its network of recruiters and labor brokers of trafficking 500 Indian guest workers...

Groups File DOJ Complaint on Failing Language Services in New Orleans Schools
08.02.13
On Friday, August 2, the Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association (VAYLA) and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) held a press conference to announce their complaint to the Department of Justice...

Groups to File DOJ Complaint on Failing Language Services in New Orleans Schools
08.01.13
The Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association (VAYLA) and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will hold a press conference on Friday, August 2 at 10am to announce their complaint...

President Obama Meets with AALDEF and Civil Rights Leaders on the Voting Rights Act
07.30.13
President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and other senior administration officials met yesterday at the White House with several civil rights leaders, including Margaret Fung, executive director...

AALDEF Joins Brief Urging Supreme Court to Uphold Campaign Contribution Limits
07.26.13
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) has joined an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold aggregate contribution limits in the lawsuit McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (FEC)...

Shelby Decision Hurts Asian American Voters, Groups Tell Senate Committee
7.17.13
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) and Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) jointly submitted testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee's Wednesday hearing...

Asian American Group Joins Brief in Support of Marriage Equality
7.11.13
Following the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) has joined the ACLU of New Jersey and several civil rights groups...

Civil Rights Group Files Racial Harassment Complaint on behalf of Asian Middle School Basketball Player
7.3.13
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights...

South Asian Voters Sue NYC Board of Elections for Violations of the Voting Rights Act
7.2.13
Today, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) sued the NYC Board of Elections ("the Board") for failing to comply with the language assistance provisions (Section 203) of the federal Voting Rights Act...

Asian American Groups Dismayed by Supreme Court Decision to Gut the Voting Rights Act
6.25.13
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC (Advancing Justice-AAJC) (formerly known as Asian American Justice Center) criticize...

AAPI Advocates and Students Applaud Supreme Court Decision Upholding Affirmative Action
6.24.13
Today, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), joined by Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) leaders and students, applauds the U.S. Supreme Court for reaffirming...

AALDEF Previews Findings from First-Ever Three-City Chinatown Land Use Study
6.21.13
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is releasing land use data on New York City's Chinatown, as a preview of its forthcoming three-city study of Chinatowns and surrounding areas in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia...

Asian American Group Applauds SCOTUS Decision to Strike Arizona's Discriminatory Voting Law
6.17.13
Today, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) applauds the U.S. Supreme Court for striking down Arizona's Proposition 200, the state's restrictive new voter registration law...



AALDEF Files Amicus Brief Defending Equal Treatment of Female Student Athletes in Ollier v. Sweetwater
6.3.13
In May, AALDEF filed an amicus brief before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Ollier v. Sweetwater Union High School District along with the National Women's Law Center and 19 other civil rights organizations...

Good Government & Civil Rights Groups in New York Oppose Lever Machines Returning New York State to the Past
5.23.13
Good government groups issued this statement today voicing their strenuous opposition to S.4088-B (Golden/No Number Yet in the Assembly), a bill that would authorize the New York City Board of Elections (City Board)...

Top U.S. Law Firms File Multiple Trafficking Lawsuits Against Signal International
5.21.13
Montgomery, Alabama - The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) today announced an unprecedented collaborative effort by several of the country's most prestigious law firms to prosecute, on a pro bono basis...

First East Coast Pan-Asian Undocumented Youth Group Launches Story Collection
5.17.2013
RAISE (Revolutionizing Asian Immigrant Stories on the East Coast) is launching Raise Our Story, a social media project for sharing the inspiring stories of undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children...

New Findings: Asian American Voters in PA Showed Particularly Strong Support for Democrats
05.14.13
Last night, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) released detailed findings from its nonpartisan multilingual exit poll of 253 Asian American voters in Pennsylvania in the November 2012 elections...

Exit Poll Results Show Majority of Asian Americans in Louisiana Voted Republican in 2012
05.03.13
he Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) released detailed findings from its nonpartisan multilingual exit poll of 369 Asian American voters in New Orleans, Louisiana in the November 2012 elections,..

Exit Poll Shows Whopping 88% of Asian Americans in Las Vegas Support Immigration Reform
04.25.13
Today, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) released detailed findings from its nonpartisan multilingual exit poll of 336 Asian American voters in Las Vegas, Nevada in the November 2012 elections...

New Findings Reveal South Asian Voters Among Strongest Supporters of Democrats
04.22.13
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) released detailed findings from its nonpartisan multilingual exit poll of 2,165 South Asian American voters in the November 2012 elections...

New Exit Poll Results: Nearly 60% Texas Asian Americans Surveyed Support Obama & Immigration Reform
04.19.13
Last night, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) released detailed findings from its nonpartisan multilingual exit poll of 613 Asian American voters in Texas in the November 2012 elections...

AALDEF Releases Target Revisions to Senate Immigration Reform Proposal
04.17.13
On Tuesday, April 16, a bipartisan group of Senators known as the Gang of Eight released an immigration reform bill to overhaul current immigration laws. "The new proposal, which restricts family reunification...

New Findings: Michigan Asian & Arab American Voters Backed Democrats & Immigration Reform in 2012
04.16.13
Today, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) released detailed findings from its nonpartisan multilingual exit poll of 639 Asian and Arab American voters in Michigan in the November 2012 elections...

4/16 Press Conference Advisory: Asian American and Arab American Vote in Michigan in 2012
04.15.12
Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 16 in Detroit, Michigan, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will release detailed findings on Asian American voters in Michigan in the 2012 elections. The results...

AALDEF Releases Blueprint for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
04.10.13
Since 1974, AALDEF has represented Asian immigrant families and workers of all backgrounds. We believe that U.S. immigration laws must close the ever-widening gap in substantive and procedural rights between immigrant Americans and U.S.-born...

Majority of Asian American Republicans and Democrats Support Immigration Reform
04.08.13
Today, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) released detailed findings on support for immigration reform from its nonpartisan multilingual exit poll of 9,096 Asian American voters...

Major Percent of Growing Asian Electorate in Maryland Backed Democrats
04.04.13
Today, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) released detailed findings from its nonpartisan multilingual exit poll of 384 Asian American voters in Maryland...

April 4: AALDEF to Release New Findings on Asian American Vote in Maryland in 2012 Elections
04.02.13
On Thursday, April 4 at 2pm at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will release detailed findings on Asian American voters in Maryland in the 2012 elections...


New Findings: 78% Korean Americans Voted for Obama; Many Faced Barriers at the Polls
03.28.13
Today, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) released detailed findings from its multilingual exit poll of 998 Korean American voters in the November 2012 elections,..

3/27: AALDEF to Release Findings on 2012 Korean American Vote and Voting Barriers
03.26.13
On Wednesday, March 27, in Annandale, VA, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will release detailed findings from its exit poll of 998 Korean American voters in the November 2012 Presidential Elections...

AALDEF Statement: SCOTUS Grants Cert in Michigan Affirmative Action Case
03.25.13
As the country awaits the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the Court has decided to take up another case implicating the use of affirmative action in college admissions...

New Findings on the 2012 Asian American Vote in New York: 86% Voted for Obama and 67% Support Immigration Reform
03.21.13
86% of Asian Americans polled in New York voted for President Obama and two-thirds support immigration reform, according to the results of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) exit poll...

March 21: AALDEF to Release Findings on New York Asian American Vote in 2012 Elections and Support for Immigration Reform
03.19.13
On Thursday, March 21, in New York, NY, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will release detailed findings from its exit poll of 4,089 Asian American voters in New York in the November 2012 elections...

New Report: "Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and its Impact on American Muslims"
03.11.13
American Muslim civil liberties groups released a new report today, Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and Its Impact on American Muslims, documenting the devastating impacts of the New York Police Department's (NYPD) extensive surveillance program that targeted American Muslims...

AALDEF Commends Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act
03.07.13
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) commends the Obama administration for expeditiously signing the bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which includes...

March 11 Press Conference to Deliver the Report "Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and Its Impact on American Muslims" to Ray Kelly
03.05.13
On March 11, 2013, members of the American Muslim community will release findings from a ground-breaking new report, Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and its Impact on American Muslims at 1 Police Plaza...

New Findings: Asian American Vote in Georgia Shows Dramatic Shift from Republican to Democrat in 2012 Elections
02.28.13
Today, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) released detailed findings from its nonpartisan multilingual exit poll of 361 Asian American voters in Georgia in the November 2012 elections...

2/28 Advisory: AALDEF to Release Findings on the Asian American Vote in Georgia in the 2012 Elections
2.26.13
On Thursday, February 28 in Atlanta, Georgia, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will release detailed findings on Asian American voters in Georgia in the 2012 Presidential Election...

AALDEF Honors Congressman John Lewis, Jose Antonio Vargas, and Simone Wu in 2013
02.20.13
Congressman John Lewis, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (Georgia), Jose Antonio Vargas of Define American, and Simone Wu of Choice Hotels International, Inc. were honored with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund's (AALDEF) 2013 Justice in Action Awards on February 19...

Rep. John Lewis, Jose Antonio Vargas, and Simone Wu to Receive 2013 Justice in Action Awards
02.12.13
Featuring Rep. Grace Meng, David Henry Hwang, Gordon Smith, Juju Chang, and Sree Sreenivasan -- On Tuesday, February 19, 2013, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will present its 2013 Justice in Action Awards...

Feb. 12 Teleconference Briefing: The Voting Rights Act Under Attack
02.08.13
The right to vote is a fundamental American value that must be protected. For generations, the Voting Rights Act (VRA) has provided protections to ensure that every eligible citizen, regardless of race, has an equal opportunity...

AALDEF Urges NYC Districting Commission to Reject Newly Revised NYC Council Redistricting Plan
02.05.13
Yesterday, the NYC Districting Commission released its final redistricting plan, the "February 6 Plan," for NYC Council. The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), which jointly proposed the NYC Council Unity Map...

28 Asian American Groups Urge U.S. Supreme Court to Prevent Voter Discrimination by Upholding Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act
02.01.13
Today, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Shelby County, Alabama...

AALDEF Statement on President Obama's Comprehensive Immigration Reform Proposal
01.29.13
Today, President Obama endorsed several provisions of comprehensive "common-sense" immigration reform offered yesterday by a bipartisan group of eight senators. We commend the President and members...

Asian Americans Urge U.S. Supreme Court to Strike Down Arizona's Discriminatory Voter Proof of Citizenship Law And Uphold the National Voter Registration Act
01.23.13
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) filed an amici curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, challenging the legality of Arizona's Proposition 200...

New Findings: Asian American Vote in 2012 Varied by Ethnic Group and Geographic Location
01.17.13.
Today, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) released detailed findings from its nonpartisan multilingual exit poll of 9,096 Asian American voters in the November 2012 Presidential Elections...

Gonzales v. Arizona: Asian American Voter Suppression Up Before the Supreme Court
01.09.13
In 2004, Arizona voters adopted Proposition 200, which requires voters to present documentary proof of U.S. citizenship in order to register to vote. Proposition 200 requires new voter registration

AALDEF Asks Supreme Court to Hear Asian American Police Officer Discrimination Case
01.08.13
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is urging the Supreme Court to review a Second Circuit statute of limitations holding in a discrimination lawsuit filed by the Asian Jade Society

AALDEF Obtains $1.2 Million Judgment for Filipina Human Trafficking Survivor
12.28.12
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) announced that Filipina immigrant worker Elizabeth Ballesteros, represented by AALDEF's Anti-Trafficking Initiative, has been awarded $1.2 million in damages...

Domestic Worker Confronts, Settles Labor Claims Against Long Island Couple
12.13.12
A Caribbean immigrant of South Asian descent, "Sarah," represented by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), recently reached a settlement with her former employers, a Long Island couple...

AALDEF Signs Amicus Brief Urging Court to Prohibit Religious Restrictions on Government-Funded Trafficking Victims' Program
12.05.12
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, along with other anti-trafficking advocacy organizations, submitted an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs in ACLU of Massachusetts v. Kathleen Sebelius and U.S...

AALDEF Statement on NYC Districting Commission's Withdrawal of Proposed Map
12.04.12
This morning, the NYC Districting Commission withdrew the proposed NYC Council redistricting plan that it submitted to the NYC Council on November 16, 2012. The Commission then unexpectedly voted on two changes to the map...

AALDEF Statement on NYC Districting Commission's Proposed Map for NYC Council
11.16.12
This evening, the New York City Council Districting Commission released its proposed map for new NYC Council district lines to the City Council for approval. The Commission announced that the map would be submitted directly...

Despite Racial Discrimination, Independent Asian Americans Clinch Democratic Wins in Swing States with 80% of Vote
11.09.12
Preliminary data from exit polls released by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) reveal that approximately 80% of Asian American voters in the battleground states of Nevada and Virginia...

Obama Scoops Asian American Vote from Romney by Staggering Margin
11.07.12
Asian American voters were considered a swing voting bloc in the weeks leading up to Election Day, but Obama scooped the Asian American vote by a wide margin, with 72% voting for President Obama and 26% for Mitt Romney.

Asian Americans Report Voting Barriers and Discrimination at Poll Sites Across USA
11.06.12
Many Asian American voters, especially new citizens and first-time voters, encountered barriers at polling places, including inadequate language assistance, excessive requests for identification and voter eligibility, and missing names on voter rolls...

New York Poll Workers Struggle with New Hurricane Sandy Election Rules
11.06.12
Because many New York City neighborhoods, in particular Manhattan's Chinatown, were ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, the New York City Board of Elections changed the location of numerous poll sites...


National Asian American Election Eve Poll Shows Immigration Reform & Health Care Drive Fastest-Growing Minority Group to the Polls
11.06.12
A new national poll of Asian American voters has revealed their emerging role as politically active citizens in the 2012 elections and some surprising views on key policy issues, such as immigration reform and the budget deficit...

AALDEF to Proceed With 14-State Election Monitoring and Exit Polling of 10K Asian American Voters After Hurricane Sandy
11.05.12
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will dispatch over 800 attorneys, law students, and community volunteers to 14 states to document voter problems on Election Day...

AALDEF Calls On Justice Department to Monitor Elections in Six States With History of Severe Voting Rights Violations
10.31.12
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice urging the Attorney General to assign attorneys and appoint federal observers to monitor the elections on November 6...


Spitzer's Corner Gastropub and Former "Apprentice" Reach Settlement in Labor Exploitation Case
10.25.12
This week, the gastropub Spitzer's Corner and former kitchen employee Edward Kim effectuated settlement of a wage-and-hour action Kim filed earlier this May in Manhattan federal court...

New Report: Asian Americans Face Voting Barriers in Upcoming 2012 Elections
10.23.12
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) released a new report today documenting the many obstacles faced by Asian American voters during the Presidential Primary Elections in early 2012...

AALDEF and New American Media to Host Oct. 16th Press Briefing on Asian Americans and Affirmative Action
10.12.12
New America Media and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) invite you to a panel discussion with New York's ethnic media to shed light on the impact of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) case...

AALDEF to Poll 10,000 Voters and Document Voting Problems in 14 States on Election Day
10.04.12
AALDEF, a 38-year old national civil rights organization, announced that it will dispatch over 600 attorneys, law students, and community volunteers to 14 states to document voting problems in the November 6th elections...

AALDEF and AFC Release Policy Recommendations on School Accountability for English Language Learners
10.01.12
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and Advocates for Children of New York released their report, "Policy Recommendations: Effective Accountability Mechanisms for New York State's English Language Learners (ELLs)"...

Oct. 2: AALDEF and Civil Rights Groups To Join UT-Austin Students for Affirmative Action Town Hall
09.28.12
On October 2, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will join University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) student associations, We Support UT and the Multicultural Engagement Center, for a night of learning


AALDEF and Muslim Advocates File Lawsuit to Uncover Details of NYPD Spying Program
09.28.12
In an effort to uncover the depth of the New York Police Department's (NYPD) extensive surveillance of American Muslims, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and Muslim Advocates, with the assistance

AALDEF to Conduct NYC Voter Registration Drive for Sept. 25 Nat'l Voter Registration Day
09.24.12
September 25, 2012 marks the first annual National Voter Registration Day. The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will conduct a non-partisan voter registration drive in Manhattan's Chinatown...

AALDEF Statement on PA Voter ID Law State Supreme Court Decision
09.18.12
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a decision today in Applewhite v. Pennsylvania, vacating the order of the Commonwealth Court which refused to issue an injunction to the state's new voter identification law...



Civil Rights Groups Announce Unity Map for NYC Council Redistricting and 9/4 Press Conference
08.30.12
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), LatinoJustice PRLDEF, National Institute for Latino Policy (NILP), and the Center for Law and Social Justice (CLSJ) of Medgar Evers College have released the NYC Council Unity Map...

Asian American Groups Urge PA Supreme Court to Strike Down Discriminatory Voter ID Law
08.29.12
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) of Pennsylvania filed an amicus brief in the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality...

AALDEF Joins Sikh Coalition and 150+ Organizations Demanding Senate Hate Crime Hearings
08.21.12
We, the undersigned organizations, representing millions of diverse constituents around the nation, respectfully request that the Senate Judiciary Committee urgently conduct a hearing next month on the need to address hate crimes...



Asian American and Latino Workers Sue NY Korean Restaurant for Labor Violations and Get Temporary Restraining Order Blocking Boss from Retaliating
08.21.12
Asian American and Latino employees of a Korean restaurant, Kum Gang San, obtained a temporary restraining order yesterday barring the restaurant owner from retaliating against them for asserting their labor rights. The workers sued...



Filipina Immigrant Worker Obtains Default Against Emirati Colonel for Human Trafficking Violations
08.15.12
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) announced that a Rhode Island federal judge has ordered default against an Emirati colonel in its human trafficking civil suit on behalf of a Filipina immigrant worker...



AALDEF Files Amicus Brief Urging Supreme Court to Uphold Race-Conscious Admissions at the University of Texas
08.13.12
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to uphold the University of Texas at Austin's (UT-Austin) race-conscious admissions policy that promotes equal opportunity...


AALDEF Condemns Act of Terrorism Against Sikh Gurudwara in Wisconsin
08.05.12
On Sunday, a horrific mass shooting took place at the Sikh gurudwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, as members of the Sikh community were preparing for a peaceful religious gathering. It has been reported that...


AALDEF Seeks Comments from Asian American Community on College Diversity Considerations
07.10.12
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is releasing an initial set of Frequently Asked Questions on the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case on race-conscious college admissions, Fisher v. Texas...

AALDEF Announces Free Legal Clinics for Undocumented Youth
06.29.12
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will hold a series of legal clinics to provide free legal advice and representation to people who qualify under the new deferred action directive...


AALDEF and APABA-PA Hold Press Conference to Explain New PA Voter ID Law's Impact on Asian Americans
06.28.12
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (APABA-PA), in partnership with the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC), announced today...

AALDEF To Hold Asian American Voter Registration Drives in NY, NJ, and PA for Independence Day
06.27.12
In the week leading up to July 4th, 2012, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), a 38-year-old civil rights organization, will conduct a series of non-partisan voter registration drives...


The Majority of Asian Americans Support Race-Conscious Admissions Policies
06.25.12
In anticipation of the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) and National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE)...


AALDEF Response to New State Department Report on Global Human Trafficking
06.22.12
This week, the U.S. Department of State released the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, a comprehensive analysis of the United States' fight against human trafficking, and a global ranking...


Determinations for Bilingual Ballots Are Under Threat
06.18.12
In the latest blow to minority voter participation, funding for the American Community Survey (ACS) is under threat. The Congressional Joint Economic Committee is holding a public hearing tomorrow, June 19, on the economic impact...


AALDEF Statement in Support of New Relief for Undocumented Youth
06.15.12
The Obama Administration announced a new policy that will make certain undocumented youth eligible for renewable two-year deferred action on removal proceedings or deportation from the United States. Those youth who demonstrate eligibility...


AALDEF Protests NYPD's Stop and Frisk in June 17 Silent March
06.12.12
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will be joining over 200 civil rights, labor, faith, and community groups in a silent march on Sunday, June 17th (Father's Day) against the NYPD's "Stop and Frisk" policy...


Department of Education Seeks Data on Separate Asian American Ethnicities with Assistance from Community Groups
06.04.12
The Department of Education has announced that it is seeking to gather information on how state education agencies, school districts, and higher education institutions disaggregate data on AANHPI students. The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)...


Undocumented Asian American Youth and AALDEF Launch Group for NY and NJ DREAMers
05.31.12
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is collaborating with Asian DREAM Act-eligible students (DREAMers) in New York and New Jersey to launch a youth group that will serve as a safe space for Asian youth to share...


AALDEF Responds to State Voter Suppression Laws with Free Legal Trainings
05.29.12
In response to a wave of state laws that threaten voting rights of Asian Americans and other voters of color, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is offering a series of legal trainings...

Asian American Civil Rights Groups to File Amicus Briefs Urging Supreme Court to Uphold Affirmative Action in Fisher v. Texas
05.24.12
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) -- Asian American Institute (AAI), Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), Asian Law Caucus (ALC) and Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC)...

AALDEF Statement on Upcoming Supreme Court Affirmative Action Case Fisher v. Texas
4.30.12
In 2012, the Supreme Court will hear Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin to determine whether UT-Austin's policy of considering race in undergraduate admissions should be upheld...


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