Four leading civil rights organizations with a combined 114 years of service and leadership in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community came together Thursday to officially launch Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice).
The Advancing Justice affiliates are Asian Americans Advancing Justice in Los Angeles (formerly Asian Pacific American Legal Center); Asian Americans Advancing Justice in Chicago (formerly Asian American Institute); Asian Americans Advancing Justice (formerly Asian American Justice Center); and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (formerly Asian Law Caucus).
“Together, as Asian Americans Advancing Justice, we will be able to raise a more powerful and impactful voice on behalf of the communities we serve,” said Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles. “We will continue to respond to local and regional issues but we will also be able to elevate those same issues to a national platform and ensure that the concerns of our communities are heard and heeded as never before.”
The four organizations are not merging; rather, they will operate as equal and independent partners that share common principles and work closely on critical issues. Each organization continues operating with separate boards of directors, leadership, staff, programs, and finances. Each remains accountable to their stakeholders, whether local, regional or national.