The Asian American Federation of Florida (AAFF) is a 501(c)(3) coalition that aims to unity and collaboration among the various Asian Pacific American organizations and to improve the relationship of a culturally diverse Asian Pacific American community in Florida. The AAFF is a statewide organization made up of more than 70 Bangladesh, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Iranian, Korean, Laotian, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese community-based organizations, businesses and media.


Although they are the South's fastest-growing racial groups, Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) populations remain largely unknown and misunderstood. Asian Americans Advancing Justice and our local partners offer the following policy recommendations to help policy makers, government agencies, funders, community organizations, and others better serve Asian American and NHPI communities throughout the South.

Economic  Contributions

Civic Engagement

Asian Americans and NHPI throughout the South are becoming more politically engaged. Data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey show that a majority of Asian American immigrants in Dallas, Houston, Miami, and the Washington, DC metropolitan area have become
U.S. citizens, and data from its Current Population Survey show that Asian American voter registration in Florida, Georgia, Texas, and the District of Columbia is increasing dramatically. However, Asian Americans and NHPI have yet to realize their full potential to influence the public policies that impact their communities.


Immigration continues to transform the South. Asian American and NHPI communities are among the fastest growing in places like Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Miami, and metropolitan Washington, DC due in large part to immigration, with South Asian communities growing disproportionately. According to data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, Asian Americans are proportionally more foreign born than any other racial group.

    1. providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants,
    2. reducing the backlogs for visas, and
    3. preserving the ability of U.S. citizens to petition for close family members, including siblings, regardless of age or marital status.