The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) has launched a new
Youth Law Project offering resources and legal representation to Asian youth and
What issues do we focus on?
- Fair treatment in public education, including:
- Discrimination by school officials
- School discipline suspensions and expulsions
- Truancy issues
- School safety
- Recent public education reforms and their impact on Asian and immigrant youth
- Hate crimes/racial targeting—especially post-9/11 targeting of South Asians/Muslims
- Hate crimes and racial targeting against Asian youth by other youth and community members
- Racial targeting of Asian youth by police, school officials, or other authorities
- Juvenile justice and police misconduct
- Police profiling of South Asian and Muslim youth
- Police in schools and referrals from school discipline matters into juvenile hall
- Language access
- Bilingual education and student access to services
- Parent access to information and services
What can we do for youth groups?
We want to work in partnership with youth groups in youth organizing and social
change work by offering research, training, and other support.
- Presentations and trainings for youth members on subjects like:
- Civil rights, due process, other legal rights
- Policy advocacy and community organizing campaigns
- Current social issues affecting the Asian American community
- Presentations for staff and parents on legal rights of youth and parents
- Research and strategy advice on community organizing campaigns
- Collaborate on youth-run peer outreach and educational presentations on civil rights issues
What can we do for youth in New York City?
In addition to our work in partnership with youth groups, we offer the following services and programs for individual youth:
- Legal representation in public school hearings or principal conferences (Kindergarten through 12th grade)
- Volunteer opportunities with AALDEF in projects to promote civil rights and social change (9th grade through college)
For more information about AALDEFs Youth Law Project, please contact Khin Mai Aung, Staff Attorney, at (212) 966-5932, x 219.
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