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Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Create a more equitable and harmonious society

What is APALC?
The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) has been providing legal assistance and information to individuals for more than 20 years. We prioritize low-income, limited English speaking Asian and Pacific Islander communities, but do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, national origin, etc. You do not need to have legal status in order to qualify for our services, but your income and your city of residence are factors we may take into consideration in determining eligibility for our services. If you need legal help, please contact us for a confidential assessment.

How much does it cost?
Unless otherwise noted, our services are free.

How to get help from us?
Please call (213) 977-7500.
For your convenience, APALC also has the following in-language hotlines:
Chinese (800) 520-2356
Khmer (800) 867-3126
Korean (800) 867-3640
Vietnamese (800) 267-7395

■Immigration & Citizenship■
Everyone knows someone in need of help with an immigration matter. If you know of such a person – or if you are that someone – give us a call.

What we do
§ Explain what immigration opportunities are available to you
§ Review your qualifications for specific immigration benefits
§ Analyze the impact of unlawful conduct on your eligibility for immigration
§ Assist you with various applications and forms
§ Represent you at interviews and hearings
§ Help you find the right resources for your specific issues

How much do we charge?
Most of our services carry a small to moderate fee (depending on the client’s income), enabling us to continue helping people in need.

■Legal Services■
Are you a victim of domestic violence including physical or verbal abuse? If so, we may be able to help you.

What we do
Domestic violence-related family law and immigration cases such as:
§ Domestic violence restraining orders
§ Divorce
§ Paternity
§ Violence Against Women Act petitions
§ IMFA or I-751 waiver applications
§ U-Visa
§ T-Visa (trafficking)

We are not able to do the following
§ Advise on criminal defense issues
§ Help you apply for government benefits
§ Provide general interpretation or translation services

■Foreclosure Legal Assistance■
What we do
If you are facing foreclosure, we may be able to provide legal assistance to people who:
§ Need help understanding the terms of their mortgage loans
§ Cannot afford their monthly mortgage payments
§ Need assistance with loan modifications
§ May be victims of fraud, predatory lending, or foreclosure rescue companies that charged them without providing any services
§ Need more information on the foreclosure process
§ Need referrals to bankruptcy attorneys

For your convenience, you may also email us at:

What we do
The impact litigation unit pursues cases that have the potential to expand needed protection or change unfair institutional practices. Some of the cases we have led or co-counseled involved:
§ consumer fraud
§ labor law violations
§ sweatshop abuse
§ racially discriminatory employment practices
§ enforcement of tenants’ rights
§ education and access inequity at public schools

■Asian-Language Legal Intake Project■
Many people have questions that can be answered over the telephone.

What we do
We provide the following services:
§ Counsel & advice on legal matters
§ Assistance in completing legal forms, documents and letters
§ Education on common legal issues and distribution of printed informational materials
§ Brief intervention and advocacy on client's behalf

What areas of law can we help with?
§ Family law
§ Immigration
§ Consumer law
§ Public benefits
§ Employment law
§ Housing law

Staff answer calls on Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. If we are unavailable when you call, please leave your name and phone number, including area code, and we will return your call as soon as we can.

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