June and July 2015 Newsletter


It's summer time, which means civic engagement season for Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta!
Our July 16th City of Duluth Municipal Dinner.  Our Municipal Dinners provide an opportunity for residents to meet their city officials, learn about the importance of voting and also how to run for local office. See more  here.
Our first door-to-door canvass in John's Creek resulted in great one-on-one conversations with 43+ Asian American households.  The City of Johns Creek is almost 30% Asian, it's the Georgia city with the largest AAPI population!
Local elections are coming up November 3, 2015 in the following Georgia municipalities: Clarkston, Doraville, Duluth, Forest Park and Johns Creek among many others.  We are targeting these heavily immigrant-populated areas in hopes of increasing voter turnout this year.
We are engaging and mobilizing Asian and other immigrant voters this year principally through the following: community municipal dinners with elected officials, door-to-door canvassing and phone banking in our targeted municipalities, and grassroots partnerships with local groups who assist with our voter mobilization campaign.
Please email Raymond Partolan at if you are interested in volunteering with us, and please join us for our next Municipal Dinner Meeting on Thursday, August 20th in Clarkston, Georgia -- the refugee resettlement site in our state and arguably the most diverse square mile in the country!  Take a look at this great 1 minute trailer of a documentary that covered the historic 2013 Clarkston Municipal elections, featuring Advancing Justice - Atlanta (formerly AALAC) -- let's make history again in 2015!! America By The Numbers: Politics of the New South, Maria Hinojosa

Advancing Justice - Atlanta Provides Timely Assistance on Temporary Protected Status for Nepalese Nationals
On Monday, June 29, the attorneys at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta participated in a national call to answer questions about Temporary Protection Status (TPS) for Nepalese nationals residing in the U.S. Click here to read the statement from USCIS about TPS in English and Nepali.  

The call was organized by the national Nepali advocacy group Non Resident Nepali Association and moderated by our local Nepali advocate and NRN-USA Board Member Gobinda Shrestha. More than 200 individuals called in to have their questions answered, and our immigration line has not stopped ringing since!

We have added a Nepali line and we are able to provide immigration consultations for Nepali speakers in our office. If you or anyone you know has further questions about TPS for Nepalese nationals, please call our immigration line at 404-890-5655 to leave a message in Nepali or English. Calls will be returned within 48 hours. 

Advancing Justice - Atlanta Welcomes Our Summer Interns!
This year's interns have come from around the country representing different nationalities all uniting around the cause of social justice and civil rights for Asian-American immigrants and refugees. They assist with office work, research, canvassing and voter registration, graphic design, event coordination, and more. 

Our dedicated interns have been actively blogging about their experiences at our intern blog and documenting the activities they do at our new Instagram account. Check them out! 

"I hope to gain a wider knowledge of the struggles facing the Asian American community apart from those I have witnessed firsthand, so that I too can become a voice to advocate for a community that I care so passionately about. " - Saisha on why she wanted to work with Advancing Justice - Atlanta 

Meet Our 2015 Summer Intern Class!

Leonie Barkakati, Graduate Student in Social Justice Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Education, Indian-American from Tampa, FL

Sonia Chang, Undergraduate Student in Accounting and Community Engagement, Stetson University, Korean-American, from Duluth, GA

Brian Lee, Student, Northview High School, Korean-American/Canadian, from Johns Creek, GA

Esther Lim, Undergraduate Student in Political Economic, Legal, and Social Theory, New York University, Korean-American, from Johns Creek, GA

Saisha Mediratta, Student, Northview High School, Indian-American from Johns Creek, GA

Claire Shin, Undergraduate Student in Asian American Studies and Political Science, Wellesley College, Korean-American, from Savannah, GA

Yao Sun, Undergraduate Student in International Studies, Emory University, Chinese International from Qingdao, China

Linghan (Leslie) Wang, Undergraduate Student in Sociology and Economics, Emory University, Chinese International, from Beijing, China

Interested in a fall or spring internship? We are recruiting interns for this coming school year now! Follow this link for more information about how to apply or contact Jessica Frankel at by email at or by phone at 404-585-8446.

Save the Date: 2015 Community Champions Banquet
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