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

Upcoming Events

March 4: AALDEF virtual lunar new year gala and 2021 Justice in Action Awards

On Thursday, March 4, at 7 pm ET, AALDEF will celebrate the Year of the Ox at its virtual lunar new year gala and present its 2021 Justice in Action Awards to Juju Chang, ABC News’ Nightline co-host; Ann Mukherjee, Chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard North America; and Ronny Chieng, comedian, actor, and Daily Show correspondent. Co-emcees are Cindy Hsu and Sree Sreenivasan. This year, registration for the lunar new year gala is free, but we welcome donations of any amount, which will help …read more

Past Events

Jan. 14-18, 2021: Cinematters-NY Social Justice Film Festival

AALDEF is partnering with the Marlene Meyerson JCC-Manhattan to sponsor this year’s Cinematters NY Social Justice Film Festival from January 14-18, 2021. The Cinematters Film Festival kicks off this Thursday, January 14, and will take place over Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend until January 18, 2021. The festival will highlight films and conversations that activate social change with topics ranging from women’s rights to racial injustice in America. Check out the official schedule of films …read more

10/1/2020 - AALDEF partners with Asian CineVision on 43rd Asian American International Film Festival

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund is proud to be a community partner of Asian CineVision’s Asian American International Film Festival once again. This year’s festival runs from October 1 to 11, 2020. Due to the pandemic, all screenings will be viewed online in the comfort of your own home. Use AALDEF’s unique discount code AAIFF43_6X!bE to receive 20% off all festival screenings. AALDEF is highlighting the following two films:read more

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