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28 Asian American Groups Urge U.S. Supreme Court to Prevent Voter Discrimination by Upholding Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act

Section 5 ensures new rules do not discriminate against or disenfranchise minority voters; allows enforcement by U.S. Department of Justice.

AALDEF Statement on Obama’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform Proposal

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English: Diagram indicating Asian American settlement in the United States. Image as based on the census 2000 by the U.S. Census Bureau. Badagnani (talk) 08:39, 23 May 2009 (UTC) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, President Obama endorsed several provisions of comprehensive “common-sense” immigration reform offered yesterday by a bipartisan group of eight senators. We commend the President and members of the Senate for taking action to fix our broken immigration system.



Asian Americans Urge Supreme Court to Strike Down Arizona’s Discriminatory Voter Proof of Citizenship Law

The brief was filed by AALDEF and pro bono co-counsel Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, on behalf of AALDEF and 12 other Asian American organizations that conduct voter registration drives in states with laws similar to Arizona’s or whose state legislatures are considering such laws. These restrictive laws will make voter registration more burdensome for Asian American voters and will impair the ability of grassroots groups to register Asian American voters. Currently five states have unlawfully onerous voter registration provisions (AZ, GA, AL, KS, TN), and 12 other states are considering such laws.



Congressman John Lewis, Jose Antonio Vargas, and Simone Wu to Receive 2013 Justice in Action Awards

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will honor Congressman John Lewis, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (Georgia), Jose Antonio Vargas of Define American, and Simone Wu of Choice Hotels International, Inc., with the 2013 Justice in Action Awards at its Annual Lunar New Year Gala on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at PIER SIXTY, Chelsea Piers, in New York City.



AALDEF Asks Supreme Court to Hear Asian American Police Officer Discrimination Case

AALDEF’s petition for certiorari points out that the discrimination against the Asian American officers was a “continuing violation” since the officers were passed over for promotion on multiple occasions over a period of time lasting years.



AALDEF Obtains $1.2 Million Judgment for Filipina Human Trafficking Survivor

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) announced that Filipina immigrant worker Elizabeth Ballesteros, represented by AALDEF’s Anti-Trafficking Initiative, has been awarded $1.2 million in damages in a human trafficking civil suit against Colonel Arif Mohamed Saeed Mohamed Al-Ali, a former student at the U.S. Naval War College's International Program from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).



Domestic Worker Confronts, Settles Labor Claims Against Long Island Couple

A Caribbean immigrant of South Asian descent, "Sarah," represented by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), recently reached a settlement with her former employers, a Long Island couple who paid her as little as $2 dollars an hour to work as a live-in housekeeper and nanny for a minimum of 16 hours a day.



Congressman John Lewis, Jose Antonio Vargas, and Simone Wu to Receive 2013 Justice in Action Awards

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English: Photograph of ABC News Good Morning America news anchor Juju Chang. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New York, NY, Dec 10, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio)  The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will honor Congressman John Lewis, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (Georgia), Jose Antonio Vargas of Define American, and Simone Wu of Choice Hotels International, Inc., with the 2013 Justice in Action Awards at its Annual Lunar New Year Gala on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at PIER SIXTY, Chelsea Piers, in New York City.

The co-emcees for the evening are Juju Chang, Emmy Award-winning correspondent for ABC News, and Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer at Columbia University according to the press release.


Issues, Not Outreach, Account for Vast Majority of Asian Americans Voting Democratic

According to the results of the Asian American Election Eve Poll, a first-time joint project by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD), although 41% of Asian Americans tend to vote Democratic, a large proportion of Asian Americans describe themselves as independent (29%), and 14% of Asian Americans are Republicans.



New York Poll Workers Struggle with New Hurricane Sandy Election Rules

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), which monitored election poll sites in New York as part of its national poll monitoring and exit polling program, observed numerous poll workers ignoring the Executive Order and giving incorrect instructions to voters.



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