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.


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

6.11.18

Tonight! Join us at the annual AALDEF summer cocktail party at Rumi. Tickets still available!

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

1.24.18

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

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

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

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