The Asian Law Caucus board of directors today announced the appointment of Hyeon-Ju Rho as the organization’s new executive director. Rho succeeds Mina Titi Liu, who announced in September that she would be stepping down.
“The Caucus’s vision of progressive API activism as part of a broader movement to secure equality and justice for all, is as relevant today as it was 40 years ago,” said Rho. “I am honored to be joining the talented team at the Caucus to build on this powerful legacy.”
Rho brings valuable litigation, advocacy and executive management experience to the position. She began her career as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice as part of the Attorney General’s Honors Program, and subsequently practiced poverty law as a staff attorney at the Urban Justice Center in New York City. Most recently, as the Country Director of the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) China Program, Rho managed the national office and led the implementation of ABA ROLI’s social justice programs in areas including public interest lawyering, criminal justice reform, women’s rights and environmental protection.
Rho’s selection comes after the Caucus board conducted a nationwide search with assistance from CompassPoint Nonprofit Services.
A member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco is the nation’s oldest organization advocating for the civil and legal rights of APIs. The mission of the Asian Law Caucus is to promote, advance and represent the legal and civil rights of API communities, with a focus directed toward addressing the needs of low-income, immigrant and underserved individuals. In addition to supporting clients with legal expertise, the Caucus seeks to bring together elements of policy advocacy and community organizing so that through one person’s individual struggle it is able to achieve broader results for the community.
Source: Asian Law Caucus news release