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Criminal Justice Reform

Team

Angela Chan

Angela Chan

Policy Director and Senior Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform

Angela Chan

Policy Director and Senior Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform

Angela Chan is the policy director and a senior staff attorney managing the Criminal Justice Reform Program at Advancing Justice–Asian Law Caucus. Angela began her work at the ALC in 2006 with a Soros Justice Fellowship, challenging language and cultural barriers impacting immigrant youth and families in the juvenile justice system. Since 2008, Angela has focused on defending and passing Sanctuary Ordinances to limit local and state law enforcement entanglement with immigration enforcement. She co-authored and collaborated with the ICE out of CA statewide coalition to pass the TRUST Act to limit responses to ICE hold requests, the TRUTH Act to require local law enforcement to provide consent forms prior to interviews with ICE, and most recently the CA Values Act (SB 54), which is the strongest and broadest Sanctuary state law in the country. Angela was named a Local Hero by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, given a Monarch Award by the Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition, selected for a 40 Under 40 Leadership Award from the New Leaders Council, and named a Best Under 40 attorney by the National Asian Pacific Bar Association.

Angela served on the San Francisco Police Commission for four years, which is a chartered city civilian commission that adjudicates officer disciplinary cases and sets policies for the police department. Angela also was an instructor for the Raza Department at San Francisco State University, teaching courses on race, crime, and justice. In addition, she was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Napoleon A. Jones in the Southern District of California. Angela earned a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a B.A., summa cum laude, from Occidental College.

Chanthon Bun

Chanthon Bun

Yuri Kochiyama Fellow

Chanthon Bun

Yuri Kochiyama Fellow

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 sentence 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 be able to be the Kuri Kuchiyama Fellow.

Melanie Kim

Melanie Kim

Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform

Melanie Kim

Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform

Melanie Kim is a staff attorney in the Criminal Justice Reform Program, and was previously a staff attorney in the Immigrant Rights Program. Before joining Advancing Justice – ALC, Melanie worked at an immigration firm where she represented clients seeking various forms of immigration relief. Before that, Melanie was a staff attorney at Legal Services of Northern California. Melanie received her law degree from UC Davis School of Law. While at UC Davis, she participated in the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic.

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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News

Riverside County Resident, Civil Rights Groups Sue ICE for Unlawful Arrest

Adding to long history of ICE’s violations of Californians’ civil and constitutional rights, new lawsuit underscores need for VISION Act and administrative action

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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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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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