LOS ANGELES (Dec. 21, 2011) — The Asian Pacific American Legal Center, a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, welcomes Joyce Noche as the new supervising attorney of APALC’s Immigration and Citizenship Project.
APALC provides direct services to Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and other immigrants, as well as works on immigration policy issues with a focus on those issues that specifically affect Asians Americans and NHPIs.
APALC expanded its efforts to naturalize Asian Americans and NHPIs this year, through free citizenship workshops statewide as well as in-house clinics. In 2012, APALC will continue its California efforts, but will also expand its citizenship workshops nationally.
Under Noche, APALC also will expand its existing immigration services and immigration advocacy efforts.
Prior to joining APALC, Noche was a Supervisory Asylum Officer with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services where she supervised a team of Asylum Officers on the adjudication of I-589 asylum applications, applications for suspension of deportation and cancellations of removal, and refugee status. She also has worked as staff attorney for Legal Momentum in their Immigrant Women Program in Washington, D.C., and was an Equal Justice Fellow with Legal Aid Society of New York, where she founded a holistic legal services program serving immigrant women victims of domestic violence.
Noche, a Filipino American, graduated from the University of Southern California and received her J.D. from UC Davis School of Law.
“APALC is excited to welcome aboard Joyce Noche, who brings great experience in the legal aid, advocacy and government sectors at a time when immigration and citizenship issues are becoming increasingly important to Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities,” said Karin Wang, APALC’s vice president of programs and communications. “She will play a key role in guiding our work forward on these important issues.”
The Asian Pacific American Legal Center, 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.