At the Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus' 42nd Anniversary Dinner, the organization named Keker & Van Nest its Pro Bono Honoree, in recognition of a statewide civil-rights class action we have brought on behalf of individuals. The suit challenges our clients' mandatory detention under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), without providing them an opportunity to prove that they pose no flight risk or danger to the community. We are lead trial counsel and are working in partnership with the Asian Americans Advancing Justice- Asian Law Caucus and the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.
Keker & Van Nest has a long and proud tradition of providing pro bono representation, ranging from high-impact civil rights litigation affecting communities (including groundbreaking litigation fighting racial profiling by the California Highway Patrol) to habeas corpus, criminal, immigration and asylum matters on behalf of individuals.
Founded in 1972, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus is the nation’s first legal and civil rights organization serving the low-income Asian Pacific American communities. Advancing Justice - ALC focuses on housing rights, immigration and immigrants’ rights, labor and employment issues, student advocacy (ASPIRE), civil rights and hate violence, national security, and criminal justice reform. As a founding affiliate of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the organization also helps to set national policies in affirmative action, voting rights, Census and language rights.
Since the vast majority of Asians and Pacific Islanders in America are immigrants and refugees, Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus strives to create informed and educated communities empowered to assert their rights and to participate actively in American society. This perspective is reflected in our broad strategy which integrates the provision of legal services, educational programs, community organizing initiatives and advocacy.