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Criminal Justice Reform

Team

Chanthon Bun

Chanthon Bun

Community Advocate, Immigrant Rights

Chanthon Bun

Community Advocate, Immigrant Rights

As a 1.5 generation immigrant from Cambodia with lots of traumas and fears, acculturating to this society was hard. At the age of 18, I was a father of two and convicted of a robbery with no one physically harmed and sentenced to 49 years.

While incarcerated, I learned and understood my history. After 23 years I won my freedom through the parole board and now I'm honored to join ALC as the Kuri Kuchiyama Fellow, and now as a community advocate.

Sarah Lee

Sarah Lee

Community Advocate, Criminal Justice Reform

Sarah Lee

Community Advocate, Criminal Justice Reform

Sarah Lee is the Community Advocate for the Criminal Justice Reform program. Her work focuses on developing immigrant rights, criminal justice, and sanctuary policy educational resources, advocating for the passage of pro-immigrant and criminal justice reform policies at the local and state level, and working alongside local coalitions such as San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN) and FREE SF.

For the past seven years Sarah has been a community organizer working with college students, faith communities, and immigrant rights organizations focusing on anti-racism work through trainings, coalition building, and advocacy. Prior to joining Advancing Justice – ALC, Sarah was on staff with Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity uplifting and humanizing narratives of immigrant communities whose lives have been impacted by incarceration, leading deportation defense campaigns, and building the leadership of faith community members in the Bay Area. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Public Health and minor in Education.

Our Focus

Immigrant and refugee community members should not be targeted and punished simply because they were born in another country. We advocate for policies that disentangle local and state law enforcement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). We also push for reforms that diminish the power of the prison-industrial complex, demanding investments in marginalized communities rather than police and the carceral system, challenging police misconduct, and promoting restorative justice as an alternative to punitive approaches in the criminal legal system.

  • We advocate for legislation that ends California's collaboration with ICE and stops double punishment of immigrant communities.
  • We ensure county compliance with the CA Values Act (SB 54) - California’s sanctuary policy that we helped draft and pass.
  • We bring community partners together to mobilize for policy change and help immigrant families stay together.
  • We advocate for clemency for immigrant community members facing deportation due to prior convictions.
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Our Work

Perspective

The VISION Act (AB 937)

California’s VISION Act (AB 937) is a pending CA state bill that would protect community members who are deemed eligible for release from being transferred to abusive and even deadly ICE detention.

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Perspective

Community-Led Solutions to Anti-Asian Hate Violence

Amid a sharp increase in anti-Asian hate and violence, our teams continue to center healing and community safety as we work intensively to address the root causes of anti-Asian violence.

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News

Daly City Ends ICE Collaboration in California Value Acts (SB 54) Settlement

Armando Escobar-Lopez and Daly City reached a groundbreaking settlement following his transfer to ICE custody two years ago.

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