Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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Advancing Justice-LA Congratulates Julie Su on Appointment as California Labor Secretary

Los Angeles, CA – Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) congratulates Julie Su, the organization's former litigation director, on her appointment as Secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency by Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom. She currently serves as California's Labor Commissioner.
"We are incredibly proud of Julie's new appointment under the Newsom administration," said Stewart Kwoh, President and Executive Director of Advancing Justice-LA. "It is clear that her fierce advocacy for low-wage and immigrant workers has not waned since her time with Advancing Justice-LA. We are excited for Julie and we look forward to continuing to work with her in her new capacity in the future."
Su worked at Advancing Justice-LA from 1994 to 2011. While a part of our organization, she served as lead counsel in a ground-breaking federal lawsuit in 1995 to hold brand name garment manufacturers and retailers liable for utilizing slave labor to manufacture their clothing. The case involved 80 Thai and Latino garment workers who worked behind barbed wire for years in an apartment complex in El Monte, California.
At Advancing Justice-LA, Su litigated numerous cases on behalf of low-wage workers. This advocacy for workers' rights continued after she became California's Labor Commissioner. During her most recent tenure at the state, she launched a first of its kind statewide campaign reaching out to low-wage workers and employers to help them speak out about wage and labor abuse.
Su is a past recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Grant, and has also been honored as an international human rights activist by the Gruber Foundation in 2006 with its international Women's Rights Prize and by Reebok for its International Human Rights Award in 1996.
Jessica Jinn, (213) 241-8817, [email protected]
About Advancing Justice - LA: 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) is the nation's largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, Advancing Justice-LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice.
Friday, January 4, 2019


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