Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

aka AALDEF   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.aaldef.org

Mission

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), founded in 1974, 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.

Ruling year info

1975

Principal Officer

Ms. Margaret Fung

Main address

99 Hudson St 12th Fl

New York, NY 10013 USA

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EIN

13-2855641

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

Citizen Participation (W24)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Racial and economic inequality continue to serve as barriers to the full participation of Asian Americans in our society. AALDEF seeks to address these problems through litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Education

AALDEF educates Asian Americans about their legal rights through free legal advice clinics, educational presentations, ethnic media briefings, and social media.

Population(s) Served

AALDEF seeks to ensure that Asian Americans are treated fairly in the workplace and provides legal representation to low-wage immigrant workers asserting their rights to minimum wage, overtime pay and safe working conditions. We litigate wage and hour cases on behalf of Asian American restaurant workers, delivery workers, home care attendants, garment workers, and residential building doormen.

Population(s) Served

AALDEF promotes civic participation in the Asian American community, especially among new citizens and first-time voters, and seeks to eliminate discriminatory barriers to the right to vote. We have won cases in Texas to remove barriers to voting for limited-English-proficient voters and advocated for changes in the Voting Rights Act.

Population(s) Served

AALDEF provides legal assistance and legal rights information to Asian Americans facing hate violence in public schools and seeking equal educational opportunity in higher education.

Population(s) Served

AALDEF povides legal representation and community education to Asian immigrants and their families applying for U.S. citizenship, to individuals affected by post 9/11 civil liberties issues, and to Asian immigrant youth seeking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

AALDEF promotes and protects the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining llitigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.

Our strategies include:

1) educating Asian Americans about their legal rights through multilingual educational materials and other legal resources and free legal advice clinics

2) advocating for policies that address the problems of low-income Asian Americans and new immigrants;

3) providing legal resources to community-based organizations and facilitating grassroots community organizing efforts;

4) litigating cases that have major impacts on the Asian American community.

AALDEF has a 14-person staff, including seven lawyers, who are assisted by over 300 volunteers, including pro bono attorneys, community workers, and students.

AALDEF receives financial support from foundations, corporations, individual donations, and special events.

We have accomplished major legal victories on behalf of Asian American workers, tenants, trafficking survivors. There is greater public awareness about the myth of Asian Americans as a "model minority" and the need to address issues of poverty and discrimination against various Asian ethnic groups.

Unfortunately, we have also seen a roll back in civil rights and new executive actions and policies that discriminate against immigrants and communities of color. We are committed to using the legal system to enforce the civil rights of Asian Americans and all Americans and to work with community groups to educate individuals about their legal rights.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Tommy Shi

Day Pitney LLP

Term: 2018 - 2019

Tommy Shi

Day Pitney LLP

Denley Chew

New York Federal Reserve Bank

Ayaz Shaikh

Sidley & Austin

Irene Chang-Cimino

attorney

Nicholas Chen

Pamir Law Group

William Coleman III

Attorney

Richard Kim

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Sandra Leung

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Philip Nash

Nash Interactive

Ko-Yung Tung

attorney

Susan Wong

attorney

Margaret Woo

Northeastern School of Law

Daniel Alterman

Alterman & Boop

Heidi Chen

Zoetis Inc.

Alice Hsu

Akin Gump

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes