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.


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


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


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


AALDEF stands in solidarity with Pittsburgh and Louisville


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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