The Defender – Palyn Hung Mitchell

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April 9, 2019

Staff Spotlight

This edition, we’re introducing a new section to The Defender: the Staff Spotlight highlights a different member of the Advancing Justice – ALC team to bring you a little bit closer to the remarkable people responsible for our success.


Palyn Hung Mitchell
is a Staff Attorney in our Workers’ Rights Program. Most recently, she helped win a
$4 million settlement for approximately 300 workers in a wage theft lawsuit against Burmese restaurant chain Rangoon Ruby. A passionate bike rider and fresh produce enthusiast, Palyn is also one of the only people in the office trusted to make coffee in the morning.

Palyn & Jade

Name: Palyn Hung Mitchell

Title: Staff Attorney – Workers’ Rights

Hometown: Lexington, MA: The Birthplace of American Liberty!

Favorite food: Saag paneer

Years at Advancing Justice – ALC:  3

What is your family’s immigration story?
Boring: Dad came over as part of Taiwanese engineer brain drain and Mom followed a year later.

What is your favorite part of what you do at Advancing Justice – ALC?
Being part of a changing, collective movement to effect change for underserved communities

What do you enjoy doing outside of your time at Advancing Justice – ALC?
Traveling with my family and watching the Celtics

Fun fact about you: After living in New York City for almost 14 years, I joined my now husband on his family farm in Iowa, where we were married and our smart, sweet, wacky daughter, Jade, was born.

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