It is a difficult time for everyone, but unusually difficult for those who have pressing immigration (visas for victims of crime and trafficking, VAWA petitions for victims of domestic violence) and family law needs that require representation. Their challenges are greatly amplified by the language and customs of an American legal system that is, quite literally, foreign to them. Dedicated to providing linguistically and culturally accessible free legal services (in person when possible; virtually when not), the APALRC team is bilingual and bicultural. Each year, through direct representation, referrals, and legal education, it supports hundreds of low-income crime victims and their families, individuals seeking affordable housing, domestic violence survivors, victims of trafficking, and those seeking green cards and citizenship. Volunteers and staff speak over 16 Asian dialects and manage a multilingual helpline ... for those who donít know where to turn.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; MD-Frederick County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: All

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

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Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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