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

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

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