LOS ANGELES (Feb. 21, 2012) — The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, welcomes Betty Hung as its new Policy Director.
Hung is returning to APALC, where she started her career in 1997 as a member of the legal team that litigated the groundbreaking El Monte Thai and Latino garment worker case. As the Policy Director, she will oversee APALC’s strategic policy advocacy initiatives to promote equal access and equal justice for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.
“We’re delighted to have Betty return to APALC as our new Policy Director,” said Vice President of Programs and Communications Karin Wang. “She brings with her years of experience as an attorney, a deep familiarity with the organization, and a vision for the direction of APALC’s policy advocacy work.”
Hung previously was Directing Attorney of the Employment Law Unit at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Special Counsel at Inner City Law Center. Her policy advocacy experience includes winning approximately $22 million dollars in additional annual income for low-wage taxi workers in Los Angeles and playing a key role in reauthorization of California’s Car Wash Worker Law.
Hung serves on the boards of the ACLU of Southern California and the National Lawyers Guild, as well as the steering committee of the Green L.A. Coalition. She previously was a board member of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation and Liberty Hill Foundation’s Fund for a New Los Angeles. Hung has been honored by the National Lawyers Guild and the Sexual Assault Crisis Agency and is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.
APALC defends civil rights through advocacy with the legislature and government agencies, in order to change existing laws or institutional policies. APALC works on issues at the city, county, state and national levels, including health access, demographic data, voting rights, voter engagement, and immigrants’ rights.
The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, is the nation’s largest Asian American legal and civil rights organization and serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Founded in 1983, APALC’s 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.
Through direct legal services, impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, leadership development and capacity building, APALC seeks to serve the most vulnerable members of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities while also building a strong Asian American and NHPI voice for civil rights and social justice.