LOS ANGELES (Jan. 23, 2012) — The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, welcomes civil rights litigator Laboni Hoq as its new Litigation Director.
In that position, Hoq will oversee APALC’s strategy to advocate for civil rights through lawsuits that seek to enforce and expand existing legal protections as well as change institutional practices.
“APALC is thrilled to have Laboni Hoq join our team and lead our litigation team in vigorously advocating for and protecting the civil rights of all of our communities,’’ said Karin Wang, vice president of programs and communications. “Her litigation experience and leadership will strengthen an already stellar team that brings impact lawsuits on behalf of marginalized communities, such as immigrants and low-wage workers.”
Prior to joining APALC, Hoq was a civil rights litigator at the law firms Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris Hoffman & Harrison and Traber & Voorhees, where her practice focused on upholding workers’ rights in all aspects of their employment and the civil rights of minorities. Hoq has been listed in the Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine® – Rising Stars edition annually since 2008.
Hoq graduated from University of California, Berkeley where she received her bachelor’s degree in Political Economy in 1996, Cambridge University where she received her Master of Philosophy in Development Studies in 1998, and Columbia Law School where she received her J.D. in 2001. After law school, Hoq was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to clerk on the South African Constitutional Court and to carry out land rights research at the University of Witwatersrand Law Faculty in Johannesburg, South Africa.
APALC has litigated major cases challenging low-wage worker exploitation and sweatshops, race and national origin discrimination, consumer fraud, and unconstitutional laws.
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.