Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ)
In the spirit of Bayanihan, the vision of Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ) is to foster a Filipino community with the power to advance social and economic justice, and to realize democratic and human rights for everyone.
Our mission is to build a strong and empowered Filipino community by organizing constituents, developing leaders, providing services, and advocating for policies that promote social and economic justice and equity for all.
History and Background
Filipino Advocates for Justice, formerly Filipinos for Affirmative Action, was established in 1973 in response to the discrimination and alienation faced by the influx of immigrant newcomers from the Philippines. Our work is grounded in the spirit of Bayanihan (people helping people). Over the years we have been an advocate for immigrant and civil rights for the Filipino community and served the more vulnerable in our community by helping recent arrivals, youth and low wage workers navigate the challenges and hurdles of life in the US. Today, Filipino Advocates for Justice uses a comprehensive approach to strengthening the Filipino community, implementing four main strategies: 1) civic engagement and advocacy; 2) leadership development; 3) capacity building for community organizations; and 4) direct services.