Asian Law Caucus Organization Profile
Since 1972, the Asian Law Caucus has served low-income Asian Pacific American communities as the nationâ€™s first legal and civil rights organization. Focusing onÂ labor and employment issues, housing, immigrant rights, student advocacy (ASPIRE), education (Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education), national security, voting rights, and criminal justice reform, ALC is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and is also part of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, along with the Asian American Institute (Chicago), Asian American Justice Center (Washington, D.C.), Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco) and Asian Pacific American Legal Center (Los Angeles).
This year, ALC is gearing up to host the third annual Advancing Justice Conference, a national civil rights and social justice conference that aims to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders in one place to address a broad range of issues facing the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. It serves as a unique forum where researchers, advocates, direct service providers and other leaders can meet face-to-face, talk about their common challenges and find ways to work collaboratively.
Taking place on October 27 and 28, 2011, the conference covers a variety of issues including: immigration reform and enforcement, immigrant integration, human rights, civil rights and national security, health care, Census 2010, redistricting, low-wage workers, hate crimes, and LGBT rights. It also includes presentations on corporate and foundation fundraising, new media, community organizing, board and commission participation, capacity building, and intergroup collaboration. This yearâ€™s conference will include keynote speaker Jose Antonio Vargas, a Filipino-American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration activist.
The 2011 Advancing Justice Conference is arriving just as the ALC approaches its 40th anniversary in 2012. Next year promises to be just as busy and exciting as ever, and there are a myriad of ways to get involved. To volunteer or intern at ALC, check out: http://www.asianlawcaucus.org/alc/about/work-for-alc/. Donâ€™t forget to â€ślikeâ€ť ALC on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/asianlawcaucus and follow ALC on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/asianlawcaucus.