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SECTION FOUR: COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)

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.

Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California (APALC)

APALC is the nation’s largest legal organization serving the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities. Founded in 1983, APALC advocates for civil rights, provides legal services and education, and builds coalitions to positively influence and impact APIs and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

CHIRLAwas formed in 1986 to advance the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles; promote harmonious multi-ethnic and multi-racial human relations; and through coalition-building, advocacy, community education and organizing, empower immigrants and their allies to build a more just society. 

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)

MALDEFwas founded in 1968 in San Antonio, Texas, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) is the leading nonprofit Latino litigation, advocacy and educational outreach institution in the United States.   MALDEF's mission is to foster sound public policies, laws and programs to safeguard the civil rights of the 45 million Latinos living in the United States and to empower the Latino community to fully participate in our society.

National Immigration Law Center (NILC)

Since 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) has been dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of low income immigrants and their family members.  In the past 20 years, NILC has earned a national reputation as a leading expert on immigration, public benefits, and employment laws affecting immigrants and refugees.  Its extensive knowledge of the complex interplay between immigrants' legal status and their rights under U.S. laws is an essential resource for legal aid programs, community groups, and social service agencies across the country.

National Legal Sanctuary for Community Advancement (NLSCA)

Founded in 2004, NLSCA’s mission is to ensure human rights and dignity of Middle Eastern, Muslin, and South Asian peoples. It advocates for legal defense of civil rights, responsible media coverage and depiction; proactive collaboration with governmental and nongovernmental institutions; and fostering education and community outreach.

Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF)

SALEF was founded in 1995 in Los Angeles by a group of Salvadoran and Salvadoran American activists. SALEF’s mission is to advocate for the educational advancement, civic participation, leadership and economic prosperity of Salvadoran and other Latino communities in the U.S.; and to advance democracy and social justice in the U.S. and El Salvador.

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