Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Farewell to Advancing Justice-LA, but Not to Advancing Justice Together

Tuesday, March 13th 2018

Dear Advancing Justice-LA Supporters,

After more than 18 years on staff – 15 as Vice President – it is with mixed emotions that I share that I will be leaving Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles at the end of April 2018. I am incredibly honored and proud to have helped lead Advancing Justice-LA’s fierce work for nearly two decades, fighting for immigrant and civil rights and building a progressive Asian American voice for justice.

To the many amazing staff and volunteers, past and present – Thank you for all you do, from those serving clients on the front lines to those fighting for systemic change through the courts and legislature, to those building new generations of justice-minded leaders. You raise up voices that otherwise go unheard. You give hope to the most vulnerable: domestic violence survivors, low-wage workers, undocumented youth, detainees. You offer a fighting chance against racism and nativism, hate and discrimination, profiling and exploitation. Your passion, commitment, and sense of justice will always inspire me.

To the board members, supporters, and colleagues who have mentored and encouraged me along the way – I am deeply thankful for your help in finding my path. With your support, I have been able to grow Advancing Justice-LA’s work in different directions, whether it be strengthening solidarity with the LGBTQ movement, deepening our pro bono capacity, or elevating our organizational voice. Because of you, I have worn many hats over the years: immigrant rights advocate, civil rights lawyer, marriage equality champion, but also activist, counselor, editor, boss, friend. Through all of you, I have found my own voice and power.

And to Stewart Kwoh, the founding executive director of Advancing Justice-LA – I am particularly grateful for your visionary leadership and your trust and faith in me. More than two decades ago, you took a chance in hiring me to guide the organization’s nascent immigrant rights work, and later to help lead the organization as it expanded beyond Los Angeles and into new areas of work. I’m proud to have been part of California’s transformation into a leading pro-immigrant state and of Advancing Justice-LA’s evolution into the nation’s largest Asian American legal organization. Thank you for the opportunities to grow as an organizational and community leader.

While it is hard to leave this behind, I know that Advancing Justice-LA will continue to thrive. I look on my transition as not so much a departure from but more an evolution in my relationship with the organization. This summer, I will join UCLA School of Law as the new Executive Director of the Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. I’m excited to work with one of our nation’s best law schools during a time when the need for public-minded lawyers has never been greater, and I know I will build on all that I have learned at Advancing Justice-LA. I also will continue to support Advancing Justice-LA, both professionally through my new role at UCLA and personally because I firmly believe in the urgency of the organization’s mission and work. Thank you for being part of my journey so far, and I look forward to continuing to “advance justice” together.
With respect and gratitude,
Karin Wang, Esq.
Vice President of External Strategy


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Advancing Justice - LA’s hotlines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, consumer, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights.

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Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.