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Mission

FAJ’s 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.

Vision

FAJ’s work is guided by its vision for an empowered Filipino community with the power to advance social and economic justice, and realize democratic and human rights for everyone. Its programs are rooted in Bayanihan principles, a Filipino demonstration of social justice values where a community comes together to help those in need.

Filipino Advocates for Justice, formerly Filipinos for Affirmative Action, was established in 1973 by students and community leaders in response to the discrimination and alienation faced by the influx of immigrant newcomers from the Philippines.

For more than 40 years Filipino Advocates for Justice has been an advocate for immigrant, worker and civil rights and has sought to help the most vulnerable in the community navigate the challenges and hurdles of life in the US, particularly at-risk middle and high school-age youth, low-wage workers vulnerable to exploitation, newly-arrived immigrants and the undocumented.

Today, FAJ serves the more than 130,000 Filipinos who call the East Bay Area home through its offices in Oakland’s Chinatown and Union City.

Mission

FAJ’s 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.

Vision

FAJ’s work is guided by its vision for an empowered Filipino community with the power to advance social and economic justice, and realize democratic and human rights for everyone. Its programs are rooted in Bayanihan principles, a Filipino demonstration of social justice values where a community comes together to help those in need.

Filipino Advocates for Justice, formerly Filipinos for Affirmative Action, was established in 1973 by students and community leaders in response to the discrimination and alienation faced by the influx of immigrant newcomers from the Philippines.

For more than 40 years Filipino Advocates for Justice has been an advocate for immigrant, worker and civil rights and has sought to help the most vulnerable in the community navigate the challenges and hurdles of life in the US, particularly at-risk middle and high school-age youth, low-wage workers vulnerable to exploitation, newly-arrived immigrants and the undocumented.

Today, FAJ serves the more than 130,000 Filipinos who call the East Bay Area home through its offices in Oakland’s Chinatown and Union City.

STAFF

Geraldine Alcid, Executive Director geraldine@filipinos4justice.org 510-465-9876
Judith Olais, Administrative Asst. jolais@filipinos4justice.org 510-465-9876
Lea Nelson, Naturalization Counselor, lnelson@filipinos4justice.org 510-465-9876
Christopher Cara, Youth Services Director ccara@filipinos4justice.org 510-487-8552
Nick Concepcion, Youth Counselor nconcepcion@filipinos4justice.org 510-487-8552
Sammy Gutierrez, Youth Counselor/Civic Engagement Coord. sgutierrez@filipinos4justice.org 510-487-8552
Roberta Ryan, Youth Counselor rryan@filipinos4justice.org 510-487-8552
Fred Pinguel, Lead Organizer fpinguel@filipinos4justice.org 510-465-9876
Nur Jannah Kaalim, Worker Organizer nkaalim@filipinos4justice.org 510-465-9876
Denise Sicat Wong, Tenant Organizer dwong@filipinos4justice.org 510-465-9876 or 510-487-8552

BOARD

Nelson Layag, President
Holly Lim, Vice President
Diana Austria-Rivera, Secretary
Sheilani Alix, Treasurer
Dominic Ainza
Raymond Austin
Anthony Galace
Roxanne Pecadeso
Aleah Rosario
Mila Thomas
Kim Garcia

STAFF

Geraldine Alcid, Executive Director geraldine@filipinos4justice.org 510-465-9876
Judith Olais, Administrative Asst. jolais@filipinos4justice.org 510-465-9876
Lea Nelson, Naturalization Counselor, lnelson@filipinos4justice.org 510-465-9876
Christopher Cara, Youth Services Director ccara@filipinos4justice.org 510-487-8552
Nick Concepcion, Youth Counselor nconcepcion@filipinos4justice.org 510-487-8552
Sammy Gutierrez, Youth Counselor/Civic Engagement Coord. sgutierrez@filipinos4justice.org 510-487-8552
Roberta Ryan, Youth Counselor rryan@filipinos4justice.org 510-487-8552
Fred Pinguel, Lead Organizer fpinguel@filipinos4justice.org 510-465-9876
Nur Jannah Kaalim, Worker Organizer nkaalim@filipinos4justice.org 510-465-9876
Denise Sicat Wong, Tenant Organizer dwong@filipinos4justice.org 510-465-9876 or 510-487-8552

BOARD

Nelson Layag, President
Holly Lim, Vice President
Diana Austria-Rivera, Secretary
Sheilani Alix, Treasurer
Dominic Ainza
Raymond Austin
Anthony Galace
Roxanne Pecadeso
Aleah Rosario
Mila Thomas
Kim Garcia

Thank you to our funders and sponsors.

Thank you to our funders and sponsors.