Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Celebrates 11th Anniversary of Orange County Office


Awards Luncheon Honors Key Business, Philanthropy, and Community Leaders from Orange County

(L-R) Sylvia Kim, Regional Director​, ​Advancing Justice-OC; Jack Toan, Chairman, Orange County Funders Roundtable & V.P., Community Relations-West Region, Wells Fargo;​ Diana Kelly, Regional V​.P.; Home Depot; Mary Anne Foo, Executive Director, O​CAPICA; Cathleen Otero, V​.P.​ of Donor Relations ​& ​Programs,​ OC​ Opportunity Initiative; Rochelle KarrDirector of Corporate Social Responsibility & Alumni Relations, O’Melveny & Myers; Gloria Lee, Client Relations Partner, Rutan & Tucker, LLP; Yoko Yagi, Corporate Council, Home Depot; Stewart Kwoh, President ​& Executive Director, Advancing Justice-LA 


IRVINE, CA - On May 18, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Orange County (Advancing Justice-OC) celebrated another successful year of work in the region and highlighted the growth of the organization’s programs and services. The third annual luncheon was held at KIA Motors America headquarters in Irvine, CA and attended by 400 guests. The luncheon honored the individuals and institutions that have made a significant impact in the Orange County community. Funds raised from the awards luncheon will directly support Advancing Justice-OC.

This year’s honorees were:

Home Depot

Corporate Impact Award


Jack Toan, Chairman, Orange County Funders Roundtable & Vice President, Community Relations-West Region, Well Fargo

Public Service Award


Orange County Opportunity Initiative

Philantropy Partner Award


Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance

Community Partner Award


“Advancing Justice-OC is proud to celebrate this year’s honorees,” says Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA). “Each honoree has contributed immensely not only to the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community in Orange County, but has been instrumental in helping our Orange County office flourish.”


In 2006, Advancing Justice-LA first opened its Orange County office in Garden Grove to better serve and reach AANHPIs living in the region, working with community members facing domestic violence and immigration issues and helped launch the nation’s first self-help court program in Vietnamese. In just the last year, Advancing Justice-OC has tripled its staff and operational capacity as well as expanded its program offerings to include citizenship services.

During the past decade, the organization has helped thousands of clients and callers and co-published a popular demographic report on the region, "A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Orange County."  Currently, an Orange County AANHPI Needs Assessment is underway, to be released in summer 2017.

“We look forward to continuing strengthening our relationship and partnerships with the Orange County community,” says Sylvia Kim, regional director of Advancing Justice-OC. “With Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders now comprising over 20 percent of the County’s population, the community is truly becoming a force to be reckoned with. We hope to continue to advocate for the community in order to further uplift them politically and socially.”


Advancing Justice-OC Staff (L-R)​ Sylvia Kim, Regional Director​, Andrew Ji, Supervising Attorney, Daniel Cheung​, ​Staff Attorney​, Nhien Tran​, ​OC Citizenship Coordinator​, ​Katelyn Ogawa​, OC Policy Coordinator

Over 400 guests attended the Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Orange County luncheon on May 18 at KIA Motors America headquarters in Irvine.
Jessica Jinn, (213) 241-8817, [email protected]
About Advancing Justice - LA: 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Orange County (Advancing Justice-OC) is Advancing Justice-LA’s Orange County Regional office. Advancing Justice-OC is committed to building a coalition of diverse AANHPI community leaders, organizers, and advocates who can work with the organization to address unmet needs, civically engage AANHPI communities, and advocate for racial and economic justice.
Friday, May 19, 2017


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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.