Welcome to JACL Chicago

The Japanese American Citizens League is a national organization whose ongoing mission is to secure and maintain the civil rights of Japanese Americans and all others who are victimized by injustice and bigotry.

Becoming a JACL member means joining the fight for social justice and equality.

With over 10,000 members and a history of leadership since 1929, JACL is the nations’ oldest, largest, Asian American civil rights organization.

Recent News

Help Protect the Japanese American Confinement Sites Program

The Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant program (JACS) is a National Parks Service grant program that distributes funds nationally to preserve the important history of Japanese incarceration during WWII. In just 8 years JACS has provided nearly $3 million to...

Mobilizing Asian American Communities

Leading up to the primary election on March 20th, we are partnering with Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago (AJC) and the Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) to mobilize people in the Asian American community. We have some civic engagement...

Kansha Project Applications Available!

The Kansha Project is a JACL Chicago program that connects self-identified Japanese Americans, ages 18-25, to the continuing legacy of the Japanese American community’s incarceration during World War II. The program centers around an educational trip to Los Angeles’...

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JACL Chicago Chapter Newsletter

The JACL Chicago Chapter publishes bi-monthly newsletters called the JACLer to keep members and the community up-to-date on the latest information.

If you’d like to receive an electronic copy of the JACLer, let us know by contacting info@jaclchicago.org. Please include your name and email address.