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

AALDEF 45th Anniversary Celebration

Vanita Gupta and Michael C. Wu to receive AALDEF 2019 Justice in Action Awards The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will celebrate its 45th Anniversary on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers in New York City. The recipients of the 2019 Justice in Action Awards include Michael C. Wu, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Carter’s, Inc., and Vanita Gupta, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Leadership Conference on Civil and …read more

Past Events

Sept. 12, 2018 - AALDEF Legal Director Ken Kimerling receives NYCLA Award for Public Service

AALDEF legal director, Ken Kimerling, is a recipient of the 2018 New York County Lawyers Association’s Public Service Award, which will be presented on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6 pm at 14 Vesey Street in New York City. The event is chaired by Catherine A. Christian, Special Assistant District Attorney for External Affairs and is open to the public and all NYCLA members.read more

March 20, 2018: Film screening, “And Then They Came For Us”

AALDEF is co-sponsoring the New York City premiere of the film, “And Then They Came For Us,” about the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II and its significance in current times.read more

2018 Lunar New Year Gala and Justice in Action Awards

Close to 700 people attended AALDEF’s 2018 lunar new year gala on February 15, 2018 at PIER SIXTY, Chelsea Piers, in New York City to celebrate the “Year of the Dog.” This year’s Justice in Action Award recipients were Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at NYU Law School; Linda Greenhouse, Yale Law School lecturer and New York Times contributing op-ed writer; and Chan Lee, General Counsel North …read more