The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, a national organization founded in 1974, protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans.

Past Events

April 17: Virtual listening party for "Soft Power" cast album release to benefit AALDEF

On Friday, April 17, at 8 pm, the Public Theater will host a live virtual listening party to celebrate the release of the cast album recording of “Soft Power,” the musical-in-a-play by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori. Funds will be raised to support AALDEF and the Public Theater at this listening party. “Soft Power,” which had its New York premiere at the Public Theater last year, explores race, cultural identity, and America’s …read more

William F. Lee and Viet Thanh Nguyen receive 2020 Justice in Action awards at AALDEF lunar new year gala

New York City…More than 500 people attended the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) Lunar New Year Gala on Feb. 6 in New York City to honor 2020 Justice in Action Award recipients William F. Lee, partner at WilmerHale, and Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Sympathizer.” Cindy Hsu, Emmy Award-winning anchor and reporter at CBS2 New York, and Sree Sreenivasan, Loeb Professor of Digital Innovation at Stony Brook University, were …read more

Feb. 6, 2020: William F. Lee and Viet Thanh Nguyen to receive AALDEF 2020 Justice in Action Awards

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will hold its Lunar New Year Gala and Justice in Action Awards Ceremony on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers in New York City. The recipients of the 2020 Justice in Action Awards are William F. Lee, partner at WilmerHale, and Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. Actor BD Wong will deliver a special message for the new year.read more