Asian American Organizations in NYC

NYC Agencies for Hate Crimes/Incidents

NYC Commission on Human Rights (NYC CHR)
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The New York City Commission on Human Rights is charged with the enforcement of the Human Rights Law, Title 8 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, and with educating the public and encouraging positive community relations. T
NYC Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes (OPHC)
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The City of New York launched the Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes (OPHC) in September 2019. As part of the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, the OPHC takes a holistic approach to preventing hate crimes, developing and coordinating community-driven prevention strategies to address biases fueling such crimes, and fostering healing for victims and their communities. The office coordinates city efforts to prevent and respond to hate crimes through an interagency committee of 11 city agencies and the five District Attorneys' offices.
NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA)
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The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs advocates for policies and leads, supports, and manages programs that increase justice, equity, and empowerment for the City’s immigrant communities, allowing them to live in safety and dignity.
NYPD Hate Crime Task Force
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In accordance with the New York State Penal Law, the New York City Police Department uses the following guideline to identify hate crime and bias incidents: "A bias incident is any offense or unlawful act that is motivated in whole or substantial part by a person's, a group's or a place's identification with a particular race, color, religion, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, ancestry, national origin, or sexual orientation (including gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender) as determined by the commanding officer of the Hate Crime Task Force."

Asian American Organizations in New York City

A Place For Kids
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A Place for Kids was founded by a group of community minded college students from the City College of New York, most of whom had grown up in Chinatown. These students wanted to do something for the children who were underserved and were going up to their mothers' garment factories after-school in Chinatown. They realized the dire need for free and low-cost year-round childcare for the children of new immigrants and low-income families. Originally named The Asian Children’s Underground, our organization was created in 1971 in the basement of a church through a vision of quality educational programming and the spirit of volunteerism.
AALDEF: Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
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The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, a national organization founded in 1974, protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans.
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Since 2005, Adhikaar has been committed to improving the lives of the Nepali-speaking community and getting our voices heard in the social justice movement. We have assisted thousands of individuals and families; trained hundreds of new leaders; and successfully changed policies and created new laws at local, state, national, and international levels, including the New York State Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and the International Domestic Workers’ Convention.
AMPHS: Academy of Medical & Public Health Services
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Founded in 2010, AMPHS strives to create a local system of making care more accessible to immigrant New Yorkers through culturally-sensitive intervention methods, de-institutionalized healthcare environments, and grassroots outreach.
Apex for Youth
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Apex for Youth delivers possibilities to underserved Asian and immigrant youth in New York City by recruiting volunteers to be positive role models for them
Apicha Community Health Center
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Apicha provides community health care and support services in New York City. We serve Asian Pacific Islanders, Latinos, African Americans and many other...
Arab American Association Of New York
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The Arab American Association of New York has provided social services, immigration support, and public advocacy for New York's Arab American Community since 2001
Asia Society
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Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context.
Asian American Arts Alliance
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Asian American Arts Alliance supports the work of New York City's Asian American artists. Since 1983.
Asian American Bar Association of New York
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The Asian American Bar Association of New York was formed in 1989 as a not-for-profit corporation to represent the interests of New York Asian-American attorneys, judges, law professors, legal professionals, legal assistants or paralegals and law students. The mission of AABANY is to improve the study and practice of law, and the fair administration of justice for all by ensuring the meaningful participation of Asian-Americans in the legal profession.
Asian American Federation
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We are one of the strongest leadership voices advocating for better policies, services, and funding that lead to more justice and opportunity for Asian immigrants, one of New York City's poorest and most underserved communities
Asian American/Asian Research Institute of the City University of New York
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The Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI) was established in 2001, by The City University of New York (CUNY). AAARI is a university-wide scholarly research and resource center that focuses on policies and issues that affect Asians and Asian Americans.
Asian Americans for Equality
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Through community development, Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) advances racial, social and economic justice for Asian Americans and other systematically disadvantaged communities, guided by our experiences as Asian Americans and our commitment to civil rights.
AWCA: Asian Women's Christian Association
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The Asian Women’s Christian Association, Inc. (AWCA) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit social service agency located in Teaneck, NJ. AWCA serves our community with women’s leadership.
AYC: Asian Youth Center
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The Asian Youth Center of New York was established in 1988. Through the extensive support and cooperation of many Korean-American businesses and government agencies, the Asian Youth Center was founded as a nonprofit organization under the Council of Korean Churches of Greater New York,
Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Services
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Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Services (BACDYS) was founded in 2009 by Misba Abdin. Since then, it has become the leading nonprofit organization in the surrounding neighborhoods of East Brooklyn, New York. Our mission is to provide low-income families with the skills, the confidence, and the knowledge that will help them improve their living conditions. By providing these families with information and guidance on affordable housing, education, youth programs, and entertainment we seek to grant them new opportunities to succeed.
CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities
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CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities works to build grassroots community power across diverse poor and working class Asian immigrant and refugee communities in New York City.
CACF: Coalition for Asian American Children and Families
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Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF)is the nation’s only pan-Asian children and families’ advocacy organization bringing together community-based organizations as well as youth and community allies to fight for equity for Asian Pacific Americans (APAs).
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Chhaya builds the power, housing stability, and economic well-being of South Asian and Indo-Caribbean communities in New York City.
Chinese Progressive Association New York
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Based in New York's Chinatown/Lower East Side, the Chinese Progressive Association works towards social and economic justice for our community. We build ties with other communities and support justice and equality for all. We provide educational, advocacy, service, and organizing programs that raise the community's living and working standards, involve residents in the decision making processes that affect our lives, bring together people from of diverse backgrounds and walks of life.
CMP: Careers Made Possible
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At CMP we equip low-income immigrants with the skills and networks they need to be economically self-sufficient, and contributing members to the greater New York City community.
COPO: Council of Peoples Organization
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The Council of Peoples Organization’s (COPO) mission is to assist low income immigrant families, particularly South Asians and Muslims, to reach their full potential as residents of New York City. COPO empowers marginalized communities to advocate for their rights and understand their responsibilities as Americans. It helps to build community relations between Muslim and non-Muslim community groups. It continues to establish connections between the communities and various government agencies
CPC: Chinese-American Planning Council
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CPC Advancing Our Community serving Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Promote social and economic empowerment of Chinese American, immigrant and low-income communities. Programs include Early Childhood, School-Age Child Care, Youth, Community, Senior Services and Workforce Development.
Damayan Migrant Workers
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We organize low-wage Filipino workers to combat labor trafficking, promote human and worker’s rights, and develop social justice leaders.
DRUM: Desis Rising Up & Moving
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Rise up and organize! Sign up for our monthly newsletter! Donate Now DRUM was founded in 2000 to build the power of South Asian and Indo-Caribbean low wage immigrant workers, youth, and families in New York City to win economic and educational justice, and civil and immigrant rights. April 14, 2020 We are working class,…
Flushing YMCA
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Membership services have not resumed at the Flushing YMCA, but we’re working hard to continue serving our communities.
Garden of Hope
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Garden of Hope dedicates itself to serving, caring, and rebuilding the lives of people who have been exposed to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking; specifically targeting its services towards the growing Chinese communities in the NYC region.
GHO: General Human Outreach
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At GHO, we enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilities by enhancing their skills, increasing their independence and promoting their integration into the community. We’re a trusted resource that serves more than 500 people each year, providing culturally tailored services to people in need from New York City.
ICA: Indo-Caribbean Alli
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ICA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Queens, New York. It was founded in 2008 by three residents who wanted to organize their community to create the programs and services in the underserved Indo-Caribbean and South Asian enclaves of South Queens including Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park, Ozone Park, South Jamaica and Jamaica.
India Home
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India Home started with a dream in 2007. Today our services have brought happiness into the lives of hundreds of South Asian seniors.
ISACC: Indochina Sino-American Community Center
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ISACC’s mission is to assist immigrants and refugees to integrate to society’s mainstream by providing them with programs, services, and activities to achieve economic self-sufficiency.
ISS: Immigrant Social Services
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Immigrant Social Services (ISS) was founded in 1972 to improve the conditions of immigrants and other under-resourced persons living in Manhattan’s Lower East Side/Chinatown. Since that time, ISS has diligently and proudly served multiple generations of immigrants in the neighborhood. Over the years this has taken the form of various activities and services, including English language instruction; assistance with housing, employment, and immigration; afterschool/summer programs for children and youth; substance abuse and violence prevention programs; youth employment; cultural, sports, and recreational programs.
JAANY (The Japanese American Association of New York)
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Since 1907, JAANY has been the heart of the Japanese community. We serve our community through bilingual social services, educational programs, and community outreach. With a strong sense of diversity, we have always been a collaborative forum, celebrating and sharing our Japanese culture and heritage with people of all ages and backgrounds.
Japanese American Citizens League, New York Chapter
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New York Chapter of the JACL, an organization whose mission is to secure and maintain the civil rights of those who are victimized by injustice and bigotry.
JASSI (Japanese American Social Services)
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日米ソーシャルサービス(Japanese American Social Services, Inc.: JASSI)は ニューヨーク で言語や文化の違いから支援を必要としている方々へ福祉サービスを提供している非営利団体。生活問題に関する無料相談を提供している。
KACE: Korean American Civic Empowerment
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KACE’s mission is to empower the Korean American community by promoting civic participation
KAFSC (Korean American Family Service Center)
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The Korean American Family Service Center (KAFSC) is a leading, nonprofit organization that supports and empowers adults, youth and children to lead safe and healthy lives based on dignity, compassion and mutual respect. We are committed to preventing and ending domestic violence, sexual assault, and relationship abuse, and creating a violence-free society. Our counseling, education and advocacy programs for individuals and families in the New York Tri-State area are provided in a culturally and linguistically appropriate setting
KCS: Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York
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KCS envisions a world where KCS’ mission is to be a bridge for Korean immigrants and the wider Asian community to fully integrate into society and overcome any economic, health and linguistic barriers so that they become independent and thriving members of the community. We accomplish this mission by providing culturally competent programs in the areas of Aging, Education, Immigration, Workforce Development, Public Health and Mental Health.
Korean American Youth Foundation
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The Korean American Youth Foundation exists to empower young Korean Americans to become socially responsible leaders who make a positive impact in their community.
Korean-American Senior Citizens Society of Greater NY
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Korean-American Senior Citizens Society of Greater NY
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Laal provides resources for Bangladeshi womxn in the Bronx so that they can live healthy, engaged, joyful lives. Laal means the color red in Bangla, which holds great cultural significance in Bengali culture. Laal symbolizes the mark of menstruation; the alta Bengali womxn use to adorn themselves; the red saree Bengali womxn wear on their wedding day; the red bindi for which Bengali womxn are famous; and the red sun which is in the center of the Bangladeshi flag. The color red, laal is a testament to the strength and resilience of Bengali womxn.
Mekong NYC
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Mekong NYC aims to improve the quality of life of the Southeast Asian community in the Bronx and throughout New York City by achieving equity through community organizing and healing, promoting arts, culture, and language, and creating a safety net by improving access to essential social services. The Southeast Asian community in the Bronx primarily consists of Cambodian Americans and Vietnamese Americans.
MinKwon Center for Community Action
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Organizing, educating, and serving low-income Korean and Asian immigrant communities since 1984.
Muslim Community Network NY
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Muslim Community Network is dedicated to using civic education and leadership development to shape the public narrative about what it means to be Muslim in the United States of America.
Neighbors United Below Canal
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Neighbors United Below Canal (NUBC) represents thousands of stakeholders in the diverse and unique communities below Canal Street and the surrounding area.
OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates New York
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​ ​Founded in 1973, OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national non-profit civil rights organization promoting and protecting the political, economic, and cultural rights of Asian...
SACSS: South Asian Council for Social Services
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South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS) was founded in 2000 in response to critical issues raised around the tremendous barriers to social services faced by New York City’s fast-growing South Asian community.
Sakhi for South Asian Women
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Sakhi for South Asian Women exists to represent the South Asian diaspora in a survivor-led movement for gender-justice and to honor the collective and inherent power of all survivors of violence. Sakhi is committed to serving survivors through a combination of efforts including—but not limited to—direct services, advocacy and organizing, technical assistance, and community outreach.
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Sapna NYC serves low-income South Asian immigrant women. The women we serve are diverse in background, with varying education levels, age, culture, religion, and beliefs. However, as new immigrants they have many of the same struggles of learning a new culture, navigating a new city, and understanding new systems. As such, many of the women in our community are isolated andfind it very difficult to find linguistically accessible and culturally competent information from sources they trust.
SAYA: South Asian Youth Action
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South Asian Youth Action (SAYA) is a 501(c)3 youth development organization in New York City for students in elementary school through college.
Sikh Coalition
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Through the community, courtrooms, classrooms, and halls of Congress, we work to protect the constitutional right to practice your faith without fear. We strive to do this with integrity, selflessness, and the belief that our shared work holds a greater purpose.
Turning Point
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A community based, non-profit organization addressing the needs of Muslim women and children
UCA: United Chinese Association of Brooklyn
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United Chinese Association of Brooklyn (UCA) was founded in 2002 to mobilize community resources to improve the quality of life for the underserved Chinese immigrant population in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
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Womankind was founded in 1982 as the New York Asian Women’s Center, only 6 years after the first domestic violence shelter opened in New York City. A student at Hunter College's School of Social Work rallied a small group of impassioned community activists to discuss the dearth of services available to Asian immigrant women suffering in domestic violence situations.
Asian American/ Asian Research Institute (AAARI)
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The Asian American/ Asian Research Institute (AAARI) is an integral part of The City University of New York (CUNY), engaged in university-wide scholarly research, teaching, and serving as a vital resource center for policies and issues that affect Asians and Asian Americans. AAARI unequivocally and emphatically condemns violence, hate crimes, and racism against the Asian-American community that have erupted throughout the United States and calls for an immediate end to these violent attacks against Asian Americans. AAARI calls upon the CUNY leadership to join us in this effort.