30 YEARS OF HISTORY
(1991 - 2021)
ASOSAL, a non-profit organization for community services was created in 1991 by a group of 14 Salvadorans with the purpose to fight for an immigration legal status and to defend the right of immigrants. Other objective as ASOSAL is to create a cultural entity to allow a cultural identification and disseminate to the new generations. It is worth mentioning that within this group of individuals united, 6 of them being beneficiary of the TPS program which initiated in 1991and started a national campaign with the purpose of obtaining an extension for the TPS program. The slogan for the campaign was “FOR THE TPS EXTENSION ASOSAL PRESENT”. This campaign was elaborated through hundreds of posters, messages by radio and television, and with the support from volunteers, churches and organizations.
The campaign activities included among a few: protest rallies, vigils, signed letters, postcards to Congress, informative chats, and meetings held at various neighborhoods within numerous cities in the Los Angeles County. Also, groups of people traveled to Washington D.C. in an effort to pressure Congressmen for an Immigration assistance to benefit the immigrant population.
In 1992, we expanded the work of ASOSAL and created different Departments such as Cultural, Legal, Humanitarian, and Public Relations. Currently, these Departments are formed by numerous volunteers in an effort to establish and accomplish cultural identity, humanitarian projects and educational effort.
One of our strategies has been to unite forces with other organizations to work together and create alliances with various coalitions at a local and national level. Presently, we have initiated a campaign in an effort to obtain a Permanent Residence for all applicants of the TPS program initiated in 2001 as well as for the expansion of DAPA and DACA.
ASOSAL has been an active member of the Salvadoran American National Network (SANN), formed by pro-immigrant organizations in the majority of big cities of the American Union. Also, we are members of the National Alliance of Latin Americans and Caribbean Communities (NALACC – Alliance Americas). In previous years, we have also worked with a Central American Coalition in Los Angeles.