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From Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center

Supporting the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center allows our legal staff to provide linguistically and culturally appropriate legal services to low-income, limited English proficient Asian Pacific Islanders.

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Update #3

4 months ago

Thank you to all our supporters. Your generosity has enabled the APALRC to exceed its goal of raising $15,000 for a dollar-for-dollar match up to $15,000 - for a total of $30,290 raised! It is because of your support that the APALRC is able to provide needed civil legal services to the low-income, limited English proficient Asian Pacific Islander community in metropolitan D.C. Thank you!

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Looking for ways to support immigrants in the D.C. metropolitan area?  Passionate about ensuring that low-income immigrants have access to free critical legal services?  We hope you will consider donating to the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC), the only legal services organization in the D.C. metropolitan area dedicated to providing linguistically and culturally appropriate legal services to the local low-income Asian Pacific Islander population.  Over the past two decades, the APALRC has helped victims of domestic violence obtain orders of protection, custody of their children and relief under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), assisted lawful permanent residents become U.S. citizens, filed petitions for U and T visas on behalf of victims of crime and trafficking, advocated for the preservation of ethnic neighborhoods and low-income housing in D.C., and provided assistance to D.C. crime victims in obtaining victim compensation and other civil relief.  By making a donation between now and October 31, 2018, the APALRC will receive a dollar-for-dollar match up to $15,000.  We hope you will donate today so that the APALRC can continue to provide much needed civil legal services to the Asian Pacific Islander community.  

Our Mission:

The APALRC’s mission is to advocate for the civil and legal rights of the low-income, limited English proficient Asian Pacific Islander community in metropolitan-D.C. The APALRC accomplishes its mission by providing linguistically accessible and culturally appropriate civil legal services through a three-prong approach of community legal education, direct representation and systemic advocacy.  The goal is to ensure that the Asian Pacific Islander community can access government services and the legal system to protect and enforce their rights, and become full participants in American society.

Our Story:

In 1997, two Georgetown University law students began discussing the need for an organization that was dedicated to addressing the legal needs of the Asian Pacific Islander community in metropolitan-D.C.  The passage of welfare reform and immigration reform legislation in 1996 caused a great deal of anxiety and confusion within the Asian Pacific Islander community.  While there were a number of Asian Pacific Islander advocacy groups working on policy issues, there was no organization providing legal assistance to this vulnerable community.

The students put together a proposal to start a multilingual legal hotline/referral service, recruited bilingual law students from the other area law schools to staff the hotline and approached the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of D.C. (APABA-DC) and the South Asian Bar Association of D.C. (SABA-DC) for their support.  Both APABA-DC and SABA-DC enthusiastically supported the students’ proposal, and in late 1997, the students and attorneys formed the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center.  A few months later, in February 1998, the APALRC began to operate its multilingual legal referral hotline.  At that time, the APALRC was a completely volunteer organization with no paid staff and a board of directors comprised of area law students and attorneys from APABA-DC and SABA-DC.  The vision of the founders was for the APALRC to become a regional organization with bilingual attorneys and staff providing direct legal services to the region’s Asian Pacific Islander community.  In 2001, the founders’ vision for the APALRC began to take form when it received funding to hire its first executive director. 

Today, the APALRC is a recognized civil legal services program whose bilingual attorneys provide direct representation to metropolitan-D.C.’s Asian Pacific Islander community.  The APALRC represents victims of domestic violence obtain orders of protection, custody of their children and relief under VAWA, assists lawful permanent residents become U.S. citizens, files petitions for U and T visas on behalf of victims of crime and trafficking, advocates for the preservation of ethnic neighborhoods and low-income housing in D.C., and provides assistance to D.C. crime victims in obtaining victim compensation and other civil relief related to the crime.

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Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center posted a new update:
4 months ago

Update #3

Thank you to all our supporters. Your generosity has enabled the APALRC to exceed its goal of raising $15,000 for a dollar-for-dollar match up to $15,000 - for a total of $30,290 raised! It is because of your support that the APALRC is able to provide needed civil legal services to the low-income, limited English proficient Asian Pacific Islander community in metropolitan D.C. Thank you!

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Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center posted a new update:
5 months ago

Update #2

Thank you to all of our generous supporters who have helped us raise over $8,000 towards our matching campaign. In the spirit of giving, the APALRC's benefactor has extended this matching campaign to October 31, 2018. We hope that you will continue your support so that we may reach our goal of $15,000 by October 31, 2018.

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Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #1

We are a third of the way to reaching our goal! Thank you to all of our supporters. As we look ahead, we hope that you will continue to show your support to the low-income Asian Pacific Islander community that we serve. Your generous donations will help us provide needed legal services to this vulnerable population living in metropolitan-D.C.

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