Staff

Stephanie Cho

Executive Director

Stephanie Cho is the Executive Director for Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta. She brings over 20 years of experience in labor and community organizing, strategy planning, and fundraising at the local and national level.

Originally born in South Korea, Stephanie grew up in Oregon. After University, she started her career in organizing and movement work. She has been a community organizer, program director for LGBTQ youth programming, director of training for a national fellowship program, a labor organizer, and organizational consultant. Before coming to Advancing Justice, Stephanie was the Los Angeles Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC-LA) where she worked to raise industry standards and wages for LA's restaurant workers.

She believes in creating more space for new leadership, developing healthy and sustainable ways of working towards justice for all, and is moved by transnational forms of expressions of solidarity and movement building.

Stephanie can be reached at scho@advancingjustice-atlanta.org or 404.585.8446.

Karuna Ramachandran

Deputy Director

Karuna Ramachandran is the Deputy Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta. Karuna brings over ten years of experience in nonprofit work to her position. She has developed programs spanning youth development, public health and health advocacy, environmental justice and organizational development. Prior to joining Advancing Justice-Atlanta, Karuna directed community-based public health programs aimed to reduce health disparities of Georgia’s rapidly growing AANHPI and refugee communities. She worked to create lines of service that improve access to healthcare while pushing alongside partner advocates to defend the Affordable Care Act and improve understanding and implementation of provisions designed to improve health equity.

Karuna’s extensive experience integrating programs to organizational practice adds value to Advancing Justice-Atlanta as we grow the justice movement in Georgia and the greater Southeast.

Karuna can be reached at kramachandran@advancingjustice-atlanta.org or 404.585.8446.

Phi Nguyen

Litigation Director

Phi Nguyen is the Litigation Director for Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta. She focuses on impact litigation in the areas of voter rights and immigrant rights. Since joining Advancing Justice-Atlanta in early 2017, Phi has helped block a Georgia state law that restricted voters’ right to an interpreter at the polls and represented a class of Vietnamese immigrants suing the federal government over the indefinite nature of their detention in ICE centers.

Phi specialized in medical malpractice defense for several years before dedicating herself to community-centered civil rights litigation. She has nine years of litigation experience and has completed six jury trials. Phi graduated from the University of Georgia in 2005 and the Georgia State University School of Law in 2009. Growing up in the South as a Vietnamese American with refugee parents, Phi's life experiences formed into her passion to protect and promote the civil rights of AAPIs and other marginalized communities. Phi was introduced to Advancing Justice-Atlanta in 2016 when she partnered with them to lead Vietnamese Voices, a voter registration drive targeting Vietnamese Americans; this became a jumping point for further grassroots efforts to politically mobilize AAPI communities. Outside of her legal practice, Phi co-produces Wake Up, Atlanta, a web series dedicated to educating and civically empowering AAPI millennials in Georgia.

Phi can be reached at pnguyen@advancingjustice-atlanta.org or 770.818.6147.

Hillary Li

Staff Attorney

Hillary Li is the Staff Attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta. As a part of the Litigation Department, Hillary focuses on impact litigation in the areas of immigrant rights and voting rights.

Hillary received her B.A. in Psychology and Minor in Ethics from Emory University and graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2017.

Hillary has been involved with policy advocacy and grassroots activism since she worked with Emory Campus Life in college. Her personal and professional experiences with social justice issues, specifically in civil rights, took her to law school. There, she interned with the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina doing policy advocacy and impact litigation, and helped provide legal assistance to veterans, survivors of domestic violence, and other people in need. After law school, Hillary litigated for a year with a firm, focusing her pro bono practice during that time on civil rights litigation and direct legal representation of immigrants and other low-income individuals.

Hillary is excited to continue to follow her passion for immigrant justice and advocacy on behalf of the AAPI community to Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta.

Hillary can be reached at hli@advancingjustice-atlanta.org or 404.585.8446.

Janae Bruce

Operations Director

Janae Bruce is the Operations Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta.
She grew up in Lithonia, Georgia and attended the University of Georgia before transferring to Ashford University, completing her B.A. in Sociology and her Master’s in Organizational Management with a specialization in Project Management. Prior to working for Advancing Justice, Janae worked for the nonprofit Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University as a Patient Care Coordinator in a surgical oncology department.

Janae was introduced to Advancing Justice when she volunteered with them and the nonprofit, Center for Pan Asian Community Services on a project called Georgia Immigrant Alliance for Civic Empowerment (GIACE). She currently serves as the Project Lead for the University of Georgia’s Alumnae Chapter of Delta Phi Lambda Sorority Incorporated on the GIACE project, where she focuses on increasing voter turnout among communities of color and increasing the number of eligible legal permanent residents applying for U.S. Citizenship through immigration clinics.

She is passionate about access to healthcare and motivating all underrepresented communities to exercise their right to vote because there is power in numbers.

Janae can be reached at jbruce@advancingjustice-atlanta.org or 404.585.8446.

Yuri Lee

Executive Administrative Assistant

Yuri Lee is the Executive Administrative Assistant at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta. Yuri supports the Executive Director and manages grant applications.
Prior to her position with Advancing Justice, Yuri was working as a research freelancer for the editor of the publication 38 North. She was first introduced to Advancing Justice - Atlanta while volunteering as a canvasser in 2018. She holds an A.B. in History from Dartmouth College.

Yuri can be reached at ylee@advancingjustice-atlanta.org or 404.585.8446.

James Woo

Marketing & IT Manager

James Chan Woo is the Marketing and IT Manager at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta. James obtained his B.A. in International Affairs at the University of Georgia and his Master’s in International Peace Studies from UN Mandated University for Peace. Prior to working for Advancing Justice – Atlanta, James worked for The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Category II organization, Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding in Seoul, South Korea. He has also spent time studying and volunteering abroad in countries including China and Costa Rica. James is committed to building peace from the bottom up and advocating for the rights of all the people. James speaks Korean

James can be reached at jwoo@advancingjustice-atlanta.org or 770.239.6632.

Esther Lim

Organizing & Civic Engagement Director

Esther Lim is the Organizing & Civic Engagement Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta. She got her start in organizing and advocacy in college as an intern with Advancing Justice-Atlanta. Moved by the potential for change she saw in grassroots activism and civic engagement, she spent her remaining time in undergrad working with movements on campus, focusing primarily on racial and economic justice, immigrant rights, AAPI issues, and LGBTQ rights. Following graduation, she hopped on presidential and down-ballot campaigns in Miami and Philadelphia, after which she worked as a community organizer on the Planned Parenthood Summer of Defiance campaign in Indiana. Having returned to her home turf for her position with Advancing Justice, she is excited to be able to give back to the communities that raised her.

Esther can be reached at elim@advancingjustice-atlanta.org or 404.585.8446.

Anthony Pacheco

Civic Engagement Coordinator

Anthony Pacheco is the Civic Engagement Coordinator for Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta.
Anthony is a recent graduate of Georgia State University with a B.S. in Biology. While in college, he worked on both campaigns to elect the first Latina and Asian-American women ever elected to the Georgia House of Representatives. He first came to know of Advancing Justice-Atlanta while working at the State Capitol as a Legislative Aide and has helped fight anti-immigrant legislation through advocacy, lobbying and voter outreach with them.

Anthony believes it is important for everyone to be civically engaged no matter your background. Also, he strongly believes in empowering all communities because diversity must reflect that in government representation.

Anthony can be reached at apacheco@advancingjustice-atlanta.org or 404.585.8446.

Palmer Lawrence

Managing Immigration Attorney

Palmer Lawrence is the Managing Immigration Attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta. Palmer represents individuals in defensive immigration proceedings, applications for humanitarian based immigration status, and appeals. Palmer seeks to empower her clients and collaborate to fully vindicate their civil and human rights. Palmer was selected as a member of the inaugural year of the Immigrant Justice Corps, the nation’s first and only immigration legal fellowship program. She provided direct representation to LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants at Immigration Equality and served as the primary attorney in launching a new project within the Immigrant Justice Corps representing families who recently entered at the southern border. Previously, Palmer worked as a fellow with the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program where she contributed to Deborah Anker’s Law of Asylum in the United States and provided representation to asylum seekers at Greater Boston Legal Services.

Palmer is a graduate of Emory University and the University of Michigan Law School, where she focused on international human rights and immigration. She is also pursuing a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management at Georgia State University. Palmer is admitted to practice law in Georgia and New York.

Palmer can be reached at plawrence@advancingjustice-atlanta.org or 404.585.8446.

Amy Park

Staff Attorney

Amy Park is a staff attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta. As a member of the Removal Defense team, Amy provides immigration services to detained individuals in removal proceedings throughout the state of Georgia.

Amy received her B.A. in Economics from Emory University and graduated magna cum laude from Georgia State University School of Law in 2016. Amy first became involved in grassroots activism while working at Liberty in North Korea, a non-profit dedicated to serving North Korean refugees. Her passion for immigrants’ rights and work with refugees inspired her to enroll in law school. Then, as a law student, Amy interned with the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia where she advocated for and assisted clients subjected to unlawful and discriminatory treatment.

Amy looks forward to defending the rights of immigrants and representing the undeserved AANHPI community here in the South.

Amy can be reached at apark@advancingjustice-atlanta.org or 404.585.8446.

Berenice Rodriguez

Legal Representative

Berenice Rodriguez is the Legal Representative for Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta. Berenice Rodriguez is a recent graduate of the Maxwell School of Public affairs at Syracuse University. She double majored in Citizenship and Civic Engagement, & International Relations with a concentration in national security and diplomacy in Latin America and the Caribbean.

She is passionate about helping others and being the voice to those who might not have one due to social oppression or language barriers. She works heavily with Asian, African, and Latin American immigrants and refugees of all ages living in the United States. She comes with thirteen years of volunteer work, community organizing, and policy advocacy on a state and federal level. She is IRB accredited and has conducted extensive research on immigrant dairy workers and farm workers in upstate New York and South Georgia. Born in Mexico, raised in Atlanta, GA, college educated in New York, Berenice embodies a diverse skill set through experience and exposure.

Berenice can be reached at brodriguez@advancingjustice-atlanta.org or 404.585.8446.

Sol Ochoa

Legal Program Coordinator

Sol Ochoa is the Legal Program Coordinator for Asian Americans Advancing Justice- Atlanta. Sol was studying Political Science and International Relations at the Sergio Arboleda University in Bogota, Colombia. Nowadays, she is a member of the GALEO Institute for Leadership.

She was born and raised in Medellin, Colombia and lived part of her life in Bogota DC.

She has been involved in the non-profit sector since she graduated high school, she volunteered at American Field Service (AFS) for 4 years. When Sol moved to Georgia, she got involved with Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) as a canvasser which helped her realize she wanted to get deeply involved with the immigrant community.

Sol has always had a passion for serving others and help the vulnerable and unrepresented community.

Sol can be reached at sochoa@advancingjustice-atlanta.org or 404.585.8446.

Ramona Hernandez

Legal Administrative Assistant

Ramona Hernandez is the Legal Administrative Assistant for Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta. Ramona Hernandez graduated from Atlanta Technical College in 2018 with a degree in Paralegal Studies. She is a bilingual instructor for the Public Libraries of Fulton County and a published author of A Beginners and Intermediate Guide to Becoming Bilingual. Ramona works to educate and inform the community about the importance of becoming bilingual, being aware of their rights, and the importance of getting involved in civic life. Ramona was born in Mexico and came to the United States in 1997 and since then she has been focusing on educating herself grow personally and professionally. Ramona has extensive experience in customer service, ability to work in a multicultural environment, and solving problems.

Ramona can be reached at rhernandez@advancingjustice-atlanta.org or 404.585.8446.