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Who's Hiring? 6 Organizations Dedicated to the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

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History usually credits Congress Representative Frank Horton and Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye for introducing the bill for what would become the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month (AAPI) in 1978, but it was Jeanie Jew, a fourth-generation Chinese American woman and former Capitol Hill staffer, who pioneered the idea

Her efforts to foster greater public appreciation of the AAPI community were partly inspired by her family. Her great-grandfather was among the 20,000 Chinese immigrants to build the Transcontinental Railroad, one of the most formidable (and dangerous) engineering projects in American history. She also wanted Asian-Pacific Americans to be more broadly celebrated for their significant contributions to US history. 

Fast forward to today, thanks to the efforts of Asian-Pacific American activists like Jeanie, the United States has designated the entire month of May as a time to recognize the diverse cultures within Asian American Pacific Islander heritage.

AAPI month serves not only as a reminder to honor how Asian Americans have shaped US culture but also enforces the importance of supporting the AAPI community in an ongoing push for equality and justice. 

There are incredible organizations dedicated to this work, and many of them are hiring on Idealist right now! Find current opportunities to join their missions and advance the rights of Asian Americans below.

1. Asian Americans Advancing Justice, San Francisco, CA

The Asian Law Caucus (ALC) is committed to the pursuit of social, economic, and racial equality for all sectors of society for Asian Americans and Pacific Islander communities, with a specific focus on the needs of low-income, immigrant, and underserved populations. They are hiring a Program Director, Immigrant Rights to work in a hybrid capacity in San Francisco, CA. 

2. The Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, Massachusetts

The Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK) is the only multilingual and multicultural domestic violence organization in Massachusetts dedicated to serving the Asian and Pacific Islander community. Their culturally specific services, offered in over 20 Asian languages, include a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, case management and advocacy, legal representation, and English classes. They are hiring a Director of Development to work in a hybrid capacity in Massachusetts, US. 

3. Asian Law Alliance, California

Over the past 35 years, the Asian Law Alliance has helped tens of thousands of people in obtaining decent housing, justice in the immigration process, and access to basic human and legal rights. They are hiring a Civic Engagement Community Organizer to work in a hybrid capacity in California. 

4. Asian University for Women Support Foundation, Massachusetts

The Asian University for Women Support Foundation is responsible for international resource mobilization and communications for the Asian University for Women (AUW). They are hiring a Program Associate to work in a hybrid capacity in Massachusetts. 

5. The National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, Atlanta, GA 

NAPAWF is the only organization focused on building power with AAPI women and girls to influence critical decisions that affect their lives, families, and communities. Using a reproductive justice framework, NAPAWF elevates AAPI women and girls to impact policy and drive systemic change in the United States. They are hiring a Senior Organizing Manager (Georgia) to work in a hybrid capacity in Atlanta, Georgia. 

6. Chinatown Community Development Center, San Francisco, CA

The Chinatown Community Development Center is a private non-profit founded in 1977 that believes in a comprehensive vision of community. They own and/or manage approximately 37 affordable housing buildings serving over 4,500 low-income seniors, single adults, formerly homeless adults, and families of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds in San Francisco’s Chinatown, Tenderloin, Western Addition, and Polk Gulch neighborhoods. They are hiring a Senior Resident Services Coordinator to work on-site in San Francisco, CA.


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If you’ve missed the boat on any of the above opportunities, don’t forget to explore our latest job listings to find jobs at organizations supporting the AAPI community.

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Kyle Kaplan

I'm a Project Manager for the Idealist Marketing and Communications team. Besides overseeing operations from behind the scenes and providing general administrative support, I love spending time meditating, writing, and caring for animals.

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