Equal Access to Services

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Over the last thirty-five years, AALDEF has been a leader in the fight to gain equal access to government services that Asian Americans have paid for with their tax dollars but which they sometimes do not receive. Some examples of this work are now taken for granted: bilingual ballots and election materials, translators in many government agencies and courts, interpreters at hospitals and health clinics, and the hiring of more Asian American staff at federal, state, and local agencies.

One example of AALDEF's work involved a coalition of Queens-based community-based groups, where AALDEF staff have spearheaded an effort to monitor language assistance at the New York Civil Court in Jamaica, Queens. Despite new Census figures showing a dramatic increase of Asian Americans with limited English proficiency in that borough, the Civil Court laid off its full-time Chinese and Korean interpreters for the pro se small claims section and did not provide any full-time South Asian-language interpreters or adequate translated materials.

Although AALDEF has won some concessions, we continue to monitor the courthouse to further document the need for language assistance and advocate for additional improvements, such as adequate translated legal rights materials and additional bilingual interpreters.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Oct. 1: DACA renewal clinic at Flushing Library


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


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


AALDEF denounces introduction of RAISE Act to restrict legal imigration


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


AALDEF statement on the president's voter fraud commission


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


New AALDEF report: The Asian American Vote in 2016


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


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


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