Since its inception, APALRC has represented countless low-income Asian Pacific Islander immigrants and their families. Their needs are similar to other low-income individuals seeking legal services, but their challenges are amplified: many do not speak English fluently (or at all) and the customs of our legal system are wholly foreign to them. Dedicated to free legal service that is linguistically and culturally accessible, the APALRC team includes three attorneys, and everyone – volunteers and interns, too – is bilingual and bicultural. Through direct representation, referrals, and legal education, APALRC supports hundreds of low-income crime victims and their families, individuals seeking affordable housing, and survivors of domestic violence each year. In addition, a team of law student volunteers and interpreters (who, together with the staff, speak over 16 Asian dialects) manage a multilingual helpline for those who don’t know where to turn. APALRC also advocates for improving language access to government services and the legal system. For so many, language is the great barrier to participation in American society: APALRC turns it into a bridge.

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 (FY2015)

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