The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) was founded in 1974 to protect and promote the civil rights of Asian Americans through litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing. AALDEF was the first legal rights organization on the East Coast serving Asian Americans. The organization offers legal assistance and policy recommendations within every level of government across the nation on critical issues affecting Asian Americans.AALDEF has been instrumental in fights to reform immigration, education, and language access policies; to defend affirmative action, voters’, tenants’, and workers’ rights; and to prevent anti-Asian violence, police misconduct, and human trafficking.
The Asian American Legal Defense Fund Records principally contains legal case files (many are closed), principally labor law cases, most involving restaurant and garment industry workers, but also including immigration cases. There are also labbor-related arbitration files, and subject files on the Chinatown Labor Fair, and on immigration, labor, and housing.
To learn more about the contents of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund Records, located at the NYU Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, view the collection’s finding aid.