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 focused on serving Asian Americans. It 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 AALDEF Records contain legal case files, many of which are closed. These files largely cover legal cases related to restaurant and garment workers, but also include immigration cases. Additionally, there are labor-related arbitration files and subject-related files that cover the Chinatown Labor Fair, 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.