Founded in 1972, the Asian Law Caucus (ALC) is the U.S.'s first legal aid and civil rights organization serving the low-income Asian Pacific American communities. The ALC focuses housing rights, immigration and immigrant rights, labor and employment issues, student advocacy (ASPIRE), civil rights and hate violence, national security, and criminal reform. Since the majority of Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) in America are immigrants and refugees, the Caucus seeks to create informed and educated communities who are then empowered to assert their rights and to participate actively in American society. "[The ALC's] broad strategy [...] integrates the provision of legal services, educational programs, community organizing initiatives and advocacy." Located in San Francisco, ALC is the oldest legal organization focused on the Asian Pacific American community in the United States and takes on the roles of both a traditional legal services provider and a civil rights organization. As a founding affiliate of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, ALC also helps to set national policies in affirmative action, voting rights, census, and language rights. The Asian American Center for Advancing Justice is the affiliation brand adopted by the Asian Law Caucus and its three affiliated civil rights organizations across the nation: Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) in Los Angeles, CA; Asian American Institute (AAI) in Chicago, Illinois; and Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) in Washington, D.C.. The affiliation is being implemented in phases with the current phase at formalizing a national voice and contribution to cross-over work —like local and federal work on immigration or voting rights—while each affiliate organization remaining lead AAPI civil rights organizations in their respective locales.