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A person’s value should not be determined by their immigration status or whether they have been incarcerated.

Immigrant Rights

Team

Anoop Prasad

Anoop Prasad

Senior Staff Attorney, Immigrant Rights

Anoop Prasad

Senior Staff Attorney, Immigrant Rights

Anoop Prasad is a staff attorney at Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus in the Immigrant Rights Program. He focuses on representation of low-income Asian Pacific Islander immigrants in deportation proceedings. In particular, his work focuses on the intersection of the immigration and mass incarceration in the criminal system. An area of particular focus has been protecting due process rights for unrepresented immigrant detainees with serious mental health issues.

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.

Jenny Zhao

Jenny Zhao

Senior Staff Attorney, Immigrant Rights

Jenny Zhao

Senior Staff Attorney, Immigrant Rights

Jenny Zhao is a senior staff attorney in the Immigrant Rights Program. She litigates cases challenging the detention and deportation of Southeast Asian refugees and other communities targeted for policing and immigration enforcement. Before joining Advancing Justice – ALC, Jenny was a Liman Public Interest Fellow at the ACLU of Northern California. She received her law degree from Yale Law School, where she was a member of the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic.

Kevin Lo

Kevin Lo

Senior Staff Attorney, Immigrant Rights

Kevin Lo

Senior Staff Attorney, Immigrant Rights

Kevin Lo is a Senior Staff Attorney in the Immigrant Rights Program. Prior to joining Advancing Justice – ALC, he worked on counter-terrorism human rights issues with Reprieve in London, assisted LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers with ORAM, and led labor campaigns in Southeast Asia and the American South with the United Auto Workers.

Kevin grew up in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and after graduating from UC Berkeley, he received a law degree from Stanford Law School. While at Stanford, Kevin worked with the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and the Timor-Leste Legal Education Project, where he co-authored the first textbook on Timorese Constitutional Law. Kevin speaks Cantonese and some French.

So Young Lee

So Young Lee

Staff Attorney, Immigrant Rights

So Young Lee

Staff Attorney, Immigrant Rights

So Young is a staff attorney in the Immigrant Rights program. She provides direct legal services to immigrants who are detained and facing deportation. So Young first joined Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus in 2013 to organize undocumented API youth and rejoined in 2019 as a Bridge Fellow. In law school, she interned with the Immigration Defense Unit of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office and at a private public interest firm in its deportation defense practice. So Young received her law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law.

Our Focus

For the past 20 years, we have been at the forefront of a growing movement to protect Southeast Asian refugees facing deportation. We focus our legal services on helping some of the most vulnerable in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community: low-income immigrants facing deportation due to criminal convictions. Together with community partners in the Bay Area and around the country, we work to end the mass incarceration and deportation of Southeast Asian as well as Black, Latinx, and other immigrant communities of color.

  • We provide free legal consultation and representation to Asian American and Pacific Islander immigrants and refugees in prison and immigration detention.
  • We organize and advocate with community members, families, and other immigrant rights groups to stop deportations and dismantle systems of mass incarceration.
  • We have led nationwide class action lawsuits to challenge the unlawful detention of Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees and other litigation on behalf of detained immigrants.
Person in yellow vest holds one side of banner reading "keep families together, stop deportation"

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If you’re facing threats of deportation or detention due to a past California state conviction, are seeking clemency, or support with immigration and citizenship, we might be able to help. Contact us now.

Our Work

Guides & Reports

Guide to California Pardons

We created a guide to support people who have served time in prison, immigrants with conviction(s) facing deportation, and families helping their loved ones seek relief through a pardon.

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News

Vietnamese Refugee Phi Pham Released from ICE Detention

We joined with community to welcome home incarcerated firefighter Phi Pham after the California state prison system transferred him to ICE detention in Colorado.

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Perspective

Q&A with Immigrant Rights Staff Attorney So Young Lee

So Young Lee is a staff attorney in the Immigrant Rights program. She provides direct legal services to immigrants who are detained and facing deportation.

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