Righting Wrongs -- July 20, 2012

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Free Legal Clinics for Undocumented Youth
imageSince President Obama announced his new policy granting deportation relief, AALDEF has been at the forefront of ensuring undocumented Asian American youth know their rights. Along with the launch of our undocumented youth group Emerging Voices, AALDEF is providing resources about the "deferred action" directive in Chinese, Korean, Bengali, Urdu, and English on the policy, and offering a series of free legal clinics for undocumented youth. Continue reading...

We Want Your Questions on College Admissions
imageSince we announced our plans to file an amicus brief in the upcoming Supreme Court case Fisher v. Texas, we have invited questions from the Asian American community on the use of diversity considerations in college admissions. The result: a first round of Frequently Asked Questions. Do Asian Americans need higher SAT scores than other racial groups to be accepted? Why should colleges look at race as well as class? Are diversity considerations hurting or helping Asian Americans? All of these questions answered and more...
Congratulations to a New Citizen!
imageOur client Mohammad Shahid, an activist in the local American Pakistani community and a legal permanent resident, has been trying to naturalize for the last ten years. But he wasn't able to get his citizenship until he approached AALDEF for legal assistance. Continue reading...
Emil Guillermo Wins Award for the AALDEF Blog
imageNew America Media, the nation's largest association of ethnic media outlets, presented its 2011/2012 Ethnic Media Awards yesterday in San Francisco -- and we're proud to say that Emil Guillermo's AALDEF blog was awarded Outstanding Commentary/Editorial Essay! Catch up on Emil's take on some of the biggest stories in the Asian American community like Linsanity (Feb. 18, 2012), Marion Barry's racist remarks (April 11, 2012), the Rutgers hate crime sentence (Apr. 25, 2011), and the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks (Sept. 8-11).

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The Asian American International Film Festival is one of the most exciting events for Asian Americans and the arts each year. Get in on the action by buying your ticket to AALDEF's July 26th NYC screening of the award-winning Mr. Cao Goes to Washington, a documentary by S. Leo Chiang on the surprise election of a Vietnamese American Republican in New Orleans.

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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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