CAA, incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1975, is the oldest and largest Cambodian organization in the United States. The organization has been instrumental in establishing the Cambodian community in Long Beach and promoting small businesses along the Anaheim and Atlantic corridors, an area known to many as “Cambodia Town.”
The mission of the early founders was to assist Cambodian refugees in Southern California in acculturating to life in America, while preserving the Cambodian culture, customs, and values. During its first years, CAA operated on the resources of its members out of a garage with little assistance from outside funding sources. Even so they were successful in providing translation, transportation, and acculturation classes to newly arriving refugees; in advocating for the rights of Southeast Asians on a local and national level; in assisting over twenty Cambodian associations in establishing throughout the U.S.; and in participating in a national cluster project relocating newly arriving refugees throughout the U.S.
Currently, CAA operates fourteen programs funded by federal, state, county, city and private foundations. Since 2000, CAA has expanded services to serve non-Asian groups, including Hispanics, African Americans, and Caucasians. Each year over 3,000 people receive direct services from CAA. Our outreach education programs reach over 15,000 people per year.