Tuyet Le is the executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago (Advancing Justice | Chicago), formerly the Asian American Institute. Established in 1992, this is a pan-Asian, not-for-profit organization that promotes equity for Asian Americans through advocacy, by utilizing research, education and coalition building. Other members of Asian Americans Advancing Justice are based in Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Atlanta.
In leading the organization since 1999, Ms. Le has focused on improving cooperation among diverse Asian American communities, on raising their visibility, and highlighting their concerns to policy makers and the public at large. Advancing Justice | Chicago’s programs have included civic engagement, community organizing, leadership development and legal advocacy, advocating for immigrant rights, affirmative action, voting rights, redistricting, and advocacy against hate crimes. Advancing Justice | Chicago has been recognized for its work by numerous government agencies, as well as local and national organizations.
Ms. Le currently serves on the board of Advancing Justice | AAJC, and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. She was a member of the 2004 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellows Class, which is a program fostering leadership in community and civic organizations. In 2012 she gave the The Annual Balgopal Lecture on Human Rights and Asian Americans at the University of Illinois. She has served as a panelist and keynote speaker on a wide range of issues including refugee resettlement, disability rights, human relations and political empowerment. Ms. Le is a polio survivor, who started advocating for the rights of students with disabilities in college. She came to the United States as a refugee at the age of three from Vietnam, and previously worked at the Vietnamese Association of Illinois, last serving as its Acting Executive Director.