Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta is the first and only nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to the civil rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) in Georgia and the Southeast.
We work in five major program areas: Civic Engagement, Direct Legal Services, Impact Litigation, Leadership Development, and Policy Advocacy. We work to defend of rights for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and other underserved communities.
We are one of five independent organizations that make up the national Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Together with our affiliates in Chicago, DC, Los Angeles and San Francisco, we bring more than 100 years of collective experience in addressing the civil rights issues faced by Asian Americans and other vulnerable and underserved communities.
Policy Advocacy We lead and shape public policy that impacts Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) and all immigrant populations in Georgia. We educate our communities through workshops, publications, and community issue forums. We are at the forefront of policy advocacy and champion the civil rights of AANHPIs in the Southeast.
Civic Engagement We are a leader in immigrant civic engagement work in Georgia. We register voters year-round, develop communications campaigns that catalyze underrepresented voters, shift public perception, train new immigrant and refugee leaders and groups, and organize hundreds of volunteers to work with us in the field to build a new American electorate.
Leadership Development We invest in AANHPI leadership in the Southeast and design programs for adults as well as youth who want to be more involved in civic life. Our leadership development program includes coaching, issue education, technical assistance, candidate trainings, youth development, and internship opportunities.
Legal services We provide low-cost, in-language direct immigration legal services to AANHPIs, as well as other immigrant communities. These services are vital to our growing community in Georgia and the Southeast. We collaborate with various community-based organizations to hold free immigration legal clinics in Georgia.
Advancing Justice Atlanta principally serves the growing Asian American population in Georgia regardless of age, sexual orientation, gender, class, disability or language ability. While much of our outreach is geared towards Asian Americans, we promote equity and fairness for all individuals.
On an annual basis, our work reaches approximately 10,000 directly and many more through extensive media coverage. Our work is broadly disseminated and shared outside our community and region.
Asians are the fastest growing ethnic and racial minority in the country. The South experienced the fastest Asian population growth and Georgia is the flashpoint with one of the largest foreign-born populations in our region. Georgia’s Asian and Pacific Islander populations nearly doubled and now make up 350,000 or 4% of the state’s total population. Gwinnett County is home to the largest Asian community with approximately 97,960 Asian American residents (~11% of the total population).
Despite the population growth and counter to the ‘model minority’ myth, Asian Americans in Georgia remain underrepresented and underserved.
Asian and Pacific Islanders living in poverty is one of the fastest growing groups in the country, and the South endured the largest increase with low-wealth Asian immigrants and refugees increasing by 55% in the last decade.
Asian Americans have the lowest percentage voter turn-out rates in Georgia out of all groups, despite their registration rates being the second highest in our state. 1.3% of Georgia active voters identify as Asian American.
Cultural diversity stymies civic and social integration, and presents unique challenges with education and mobilization efforts.
The huge influx of Asian Americans and other immigrants has heightened anti-immigrant sentiment in our state at levels not seen in recent decades and led to the introduction of discriminatory policies that have negatively impacted our community members.