Righting Wrongs -- January 24, 2013

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SAVE the DATE! AALDEF's 2013 Justice in Action Awards is on February 19!
Learn About Our JIA 2013 Honorees!
imageCongressman John Lewis was one of the 13 original Freedom Riders. Jose Antonio Vargas came out as an undocumented immigrant and changed the discourse on immigration reform. Simone Wu has promoted diversity in the legal profession. Learn more about our 2013 Justice in Action Award recipients and purchase tickets to join the celebration at our Annual Lunar New Year Gala in New York City on Feb. 19 here...

$1.2 Million Award for Human Trafficking Survivor
imageOur client, a Filipina trafficking survivor, was just awarded $1.2 million in damages from a military officer (pictured right) - a judgment that "reflects the suffering and emotional toll human trafficking has on victims," says Ivy Suriyopas of AALDEF's Anti-Trafficking Initiative. "This victory we hope will encourage policy makers to recognize the severity of all forms of trafficking within the U.S." Continue reading...
Surprising Results of the Asian American Exit Poll
imageAALDEF released detailed findings from its Asian American Exit Poll of 9,096 Asian American voters in the November 2012 Presidential Election, the largest survey of its kind in the nation. Among our findings: 77% of Asian Americans polled voted for Obama; almost 2/3 favored comprehensive immigration reform; and nearly half considered ethnic media to be their primary news source. Read more surprising facts here...
AALDEF Fights for Voting Rights in SCOTUS
imageArizona's Proposition 200 creates barriers to voter registration for naturalized citizens, who make up 40% of the state's Asian American population. AALDEF has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Asian American groups urging the Court to strike down this discriminatory law. Continue reading...

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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.
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