Insoo Lee

Communications Intern

Crystal Luk

Administrative Assistant

Crystal is an administrative assistant at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta. A previous Arts major, she's submitted pieces to many events, including the Beijing Olympics and a presidential inauguration, and she's taken several classes in architecture and civil engineering. Crystal has her Healthcare Certificate and is currently enrolled at Gwinnett Technical College to get her Associate's Degree in Surgical Technology.

In her spare time, she works at her parents' restaurant and spends time with her Shih-Tzu, Sammi; Maltese, Toto; and Shepherd-Akita mix, Aki.

Raymond Partolan

Program Associate

Raymond Partolan is the Program Associate for Advancing Justice – Atlanta. In his role, he plans and executes the organization's major program components, namely civic engagement, public policy advocacy, and community organizing.

Having faced adversity for the greater part of his life as an undocumented student who moved to the United States from the Philippines when he was one, he brings with him a wealth of experience as an activist and advocate for his peers in the immigrant community. Raymond graduated summa cum laude from Mercer University with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish. At Mercer, Raymond’s peers elected him to be the President of the Student Government Association as a junior. He also competed competitively in oral advocacy competitions on the intercollegiate mock trial team and mentored freshman students as a Peer Advisor.

He enjoys listening to music, playing the piano and violin, and being outdoors. He can often be seen and heard talking about his love for the State of Georgia and his hometown of Macon. He stands heavily committed to immigrant rights, voting rights, sound education policy, and economic justice. Raymond speaks Tagalog and Spanish.​

Nicole Phan

Vietnamese Legal Intake Specialist

Nicole Phan is the part time Vietnamese Legal Intake Specialist at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and Design from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit MI. She is an entrepreneur, running her own small marketing and printing business, Simple Marketing, as well as actively working as a real estate agent. Nicole has over 8 years of experience working in marketing, advertising sales, creative and design field.

In addition to her creative and design skills, Nicole has a passion for civic engagement and a deep love of her local Vietnamese community. She is an active member of the Vietnamese-American Community of Georgia and she has volunteered her time with Advancing Justice for years because she believes in the mission carried by the organization, supporting our voter registration and community outreach work with her friendly personality and Vietnamese language skills. Recently, Nicole has come on board to assist Vietnamese speaking legal clients who rely on Advancing Justice – Atlanta. She performs client intake in a caring and culturally sensitive manner.

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Sonjui Kumar

Board Chair

Sonjui L. Kumar is a founding member in the law firm of Kumar, Prabhu, Patel & Banerjee, LLC. She has been a practicing attorney for the past twenty one years, originally practicing in Hartford, Connecticut and since 1995 in Georgia. Attorney Kumar is a frequent speaker on issues relating to women and minorities in the profession, small and solo firm practice and business development. She is an active member of the South Asian community in Georgia and nationally. She is the Immediate Past President of the North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA), having served on its Executive Committee for the past four years.

She is also a founding Trustee of the NASABA Foundation. Ms. Kumar is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE), Atlanta Chapter. She has previously served as an at-large representative on the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Georgia. She was awarded the State Bar of Georgia’s 2008 Commitment to Equality Award and later served on the selection committee for that award. She is a Past President and Board member of the South Asian Bar Association of Georgia (SABA-GA) and an active member of the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL). In addition, Ms. Kumar is a member of the American Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association.

Ms. Kumar graduated with high honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law in West Hartford, Connecticut. She lives with her husband in Roswell, Georgia and has two daughters.

Mayu Arita

Board Member

Mayu Arita is Electronic & Creative Media Director at Georgia Power, where she oversees all the advertising, sponsorships, social media and creative services of the company which also include design, web development, photography and videography. She is responsible for leading the brand strategy and building awareness and demand for Georgia Power’s products and services. Her efforts have resulted in multiple advertising and design awards including a 2017 UCI award for Communicator of the Year.

Prior to joining Georgia Power, Mayu spent over 10 years working on digital, web and social media marketing strategies for Fortune 500 brands across a wide array of industries including Food & Beverage, Consumer Packaged Goods, Home Improvement, Automotive and Financial Services.

Mayu was born in Toronto, raised in Hawaii and now resides in East Atlanta. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Hawai’i. She enjoys cooking, traveling, volunteering and spending time outdoors with her dog “Ebi.”

Kimberly Bourroughs

Board Secretary

Kimberly Bourroughs is a chief senior assistant district attorney at the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. In the Public Integrity Unit, Kimberly works with a team of other senior level prosecutors and experienced investigators to handle the investigation and prosecution of cases involving public officials, corruption in County or City government, and law enforcement officers, as well as the review of all law enforcement-related shootings or incidents involving injury to civilians. Prior to joining the Fulton County DA’s Office, Kimberly was an associate in the Atlanta office of Schiff Hardin LLP where she practiced in the General Litigation Group and on the firm’s National Appellate Team. At Schiff, Kimberly also worked closely with former Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears as Chief of Staff. Kimberly began her legal career in public service as a prosecutor in DeKalb and Clayton Counties, and previously worked at the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Department of Justice, as well as several policy organizations in Washington, DC before attending law school.

Raised in the Atlanta area, Kimberly obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Howard University in Washington, DC, and her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens, Georgia. As a long time competitor and supporter of mock trial programs for students, Kimberly volunteers her much of her time as an attorney-coach for the DeKalb Early College Academy mock trial team and works with other college and law school teams. She is also active in the leadership of several professional and non-profit organizations, including the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, the Gate City Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar, the Georgia Asian and Pacific American Bar Association, the Metro Atlanta Youth Football League, and other organizations throughout Georgia. Kimberly enjoys running, tennis, SEC college football, cooking, traveling, and her dog, “Harry Winston.”

Tressa Copenhaver

Board Member

Tressa Copenhaver is Assistant General Counsel for Equifax Inc. where she provides business-focused legal advice to senior leadership in sales, marketing, and operations on all aspects of commercial law and support for day-to-day business matters, including legal analysis on the rights and obligations of the corporation.

She provides strategic direction and leadership on sophisticated, complex enterprise deals and her flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and organizational needs makes her a trusted business partner. Serving as an integral member of the business team, Tressa enjoys the creative process of structuring deals and developing innovative contractual agreements in support of sales, sourcing, teaming, and alliance activities.

Prior to joining Equifax, Tressa was a well respected member of the legal departments at ADP, Inc. and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. Tressa earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law where she was a Notes and Comment Editor for the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law. Tressa received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona in Philosophy. She is an active member of the Georgia Asian and Pacific American Bar Association and enjoys volunteering with Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta.

Ambreen Delawalla

Board Member

Ambreen Delawalla is Assistant Vice President and Senior Legal Counsel with AT&T Services, Inc. She advises the business on compliance matters. Ambreen has previously served on the boards of the Georgia Pacific American Bar Association, the Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention. She lives in Decatur with her husband and two boys.

Le Dam Doan

Board Member

Ms. Le Dam Doan has served as the Chair for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration Gala from 2010 to 2016 and Past President of the Asian/Pacific American Council of Georgia (APAC-GA) since 2013 to 2014. APAC Georgia is a federation of over 15 multicultural Asian organizations in metro Atlanta that was established to increase pride in the Asian culture, promote civic engagement of Asian Americans, and protect the interest of Asian Americans. In addition to her leadership at APAC Georgia, she currently holds the following positions. Ms. Doan has dedicated a lifetime of service to the immigrant and refugee community. Prior to coming to Georgia, Ms. Doan provided assistance to immigration humanitarian programs for refugees throughout California for more than 30 years. She was part of a taskforce on hate crimes and affirmative action in California. When Vietnamese refugees arrived in California from 1975 to 1996, Ms. Doan volunteered for Red Cross and Food for the Hungry. Further, she volunteered at Camp Pendleton and Camp Weimar Medical Center “Hope Village,” relocation camps for Vietnamese refugees. Her service work in refugee camps extended internationally to countries throughout Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Ms. Doan was born and raised in Vietnam, and now lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia with her 18-year old son Nam, her husband Tinh Doan, and her mother.

Shuaib Hanief

Board Member

Shuaib Hanief is the CEO of Solmation LLC, a technology consulting firm. Along with providing software and hardware solutions for fortune 500 companies and small businesses, He works with nonprofit organizations to diagnose and improve their organizational and leadership performance. He has a Bachelors and Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering and dropped out of his PhD program to finish his Master of Public Administrator in Non-Profits.

His accomplishments in the non-profit and entrepreneurial area include being a founding member a Charter school in Roswell, founding a popular cruise travel agency, a partner in a non-profit consulting firm, running a media company that benefits the local community, providing software as a service products for physicians, leading a midsize non-profit organization as an Executive Director and serving a few organizations in advisory and board capacity. Shuaib is a long-time resident of Atlanta, and he live with his wife and four children in Lawrenceville, and also serves as a Boy Scouts committee chair.

Dan Huynh

Board Member

Dan Huynh is a senior associate in the Intellectual Property Litigation Group of Alston & Bird LLP. He has been recognized by Georgia Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for Intellectual Property Litigation every year since 2015. Dan received his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law and his B.S. in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dan is on the Board of Directors for Tapestri Inc., a non-profit combatting human trafficking in the Southeast and the Board of Governors for the National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys. Dan is also a member of the Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court, the ArtsATL advisory council, and the University of Georgia School of Law Young Alumni Committee. Dan was selected to participate in the LEAD Atlanta class of 2015 and was recognized as Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 in 2016. An Atlanta native, Dan currently lives with his wife in Decatur.

Bryan Ramos

Board Member

Bryan Ramos is dedicated to Georgia’s working class. He is the founding attorney of the Ramos Law firm who prides itself on delivering highly attentive and results-driven legal representation to those injured on the job. Mr. Ramos is recognized by Martindale‑Hubbell as AV Preeminent, an industry ranking at the highest level of ethical and professional excellence. He was also selected as one of “Georgia’s Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend magazine.

Together with his highly qualified legal professionals, Mr. Ramos carries a client rating of 10/10 – Superb by Avvo, and he was acknowledged as a “Georgia Top Attorney” by Mr. Ramos is a frequent legal lecturer and is often quoted by national publications on workers’ compensation law. In 2016, he served on a national effort to benefit the Filipino Veterans of World War II and secure the Congressional Gold Medal for their service to the United States of America. Mr. Ramos has served as the Vice-President of the Fil-Am Association of Greater Atlanta, and he has served two terms as the President of the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia.

Mr. Ramos currently serves as the Director of Human Capital for the National Association of Filipino American Associations, as well as the Co-Chair of Membership for the National Filipino American Lawyer Association. Most recently, he established the Georgia Filipino-American Bar Association and serves as its President.

Sara Sahni

Board Member

Sara K. Sahni is Associate General Counsel of RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc. where she oversees the company’s litigation, labor and employment, and licensing matters. Prior to working at RaceTrac, Sara was a Senior Associate at FordHarrison LLP, a national management-side labor & employment law firm. Prior to working at FordHarrison LLP, Sara was an Assistant Attorney General with the Georgia Attorney General’s Office. Sara earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kentucky, and her Law Degree from the University of Louisville.

Cassandra Solomon

Board Treasurer

Cassandra is a freelance consultant and principal of Unravel, LLC. Clients have nicknamed her ‘Q’ on projects due to the questions she asks to better understand the heart of an issue, process, or objective to guide her throughout the unraveling process. As a result, Cassandra has been a major contributor in establishing a procurement organization and leading it. Other accomplishments include program managing cost saving initiatives to establish shared service organizations, implementing software, creating policies and processes and a change program for the transition.

She has a passion for diversity and inclusion, volunteerism, and environmental sustainability which has allowed her to push beyond any inexperience to establish a supplier responsibility program and co- establish a corporate responsibility program. Her mental and emotional courage and transferable skills helps her to seek a variety of initiatives to explore, strategize, and implement. She has earned an MBA and PMP and CPA certifications.

She and her husband are both loving being empty nesters and celebrates with as much travel as possible.

Benjamin Yin

Board Member

Ben Yin is the Co-Founder and Principal of Generations Financial, a company that provides individuals and families with estate planning, financial planning and risk management strategies. Born and rasied in Dunwoody, GA, Ben is a true native Atlantan. He received a dual concentration BBA (Marketing, Communications) from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and a dual concentration MBA (Marketing, International Business) from Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business.

A member agent of the Million Dollar Roundtable (the top 1% of financial services professionals), New York Life’s prestigious Chairman’s Council (2014), and the Nautilus Group® a service of New York Life Insurance Company, Ben seeks to understand each client’s specific goals. Then he develops customized plans to help businesses flourish, to give families security and assurance, and to build enduring legacies.

He is honored to be a part of New York Life’s Agent’s Advisory Council (AAC) where he has been elected by his fellow agents to discuss the state of the company with New York Life executives.

Ben is married to his middle school sweetheart, Jennifer, and they have a three-year-old son, Matthew, and newborn, Matty.

Stephanie Cho

Executive Director

Stephanie Cho is the Executive Director for Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta. She brings over 15 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 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 or 404.585.8446.

Aisha Yaqoob

Policy Director

Aisha Yaqoob is the Policy Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta. Aisha became familiar with Advancing Justice in 2016 during her work as the founder of the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, an initiative to increase voter registration and turnout in the Muslim community in Georgia. She completed her Masters of Public Administration from the University of Georgia in May 2016 after completing her undergraduate degree in Journalism/Public Relations in 2013. Aisha has worked and volunteered with various Atlanta area nonprofit organizations. She is involved in her local community through various initiatives and has served advisory roles in civic organizations.

Aisha is excited to join Advancing Justice as the new Policy Director and looks forward to defending the rights of Asian Americans at the local, state, and national level. She is passionate about voting rights, access to healthcare and education, and immigration. Aisha believes in upholding the civil rights and civil liberties for all people, especially those whom have been historically underrepresented.

Aisha can be reached at or 404.585.8446.

Javeria Jamil

Director of Legal Services

Javeria Jamil is the Director of Legal Services. She has been with the organization since 2015, when she joined as the staff attorney and created a direct immigration legal services department.

Javeria has focused her career on immigrants rights and civil rights issues affecting the Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian communities. Prior to joining Advancing Justice – Atlanta, Javeria worked as a Government Watchlist Fellow for the Council on Americans Islamic Relations in Washington D.C., where she assisted clients who had been wrongfully places on the U.S. government’s terror watchlist. During law school, she was an active member of her law school's chapter of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, where she led a team of students in helping Afghan and Iraqi interpreters and refugees apply for Special Immigrant Visas in the U.S.

Javeria is a graduate of the George Washington University of Law and is admitted to practice in California, Georgia, and Washington D.C.

Javeria can be reached at or 770.239.6556.

Phi Nguyen

Litigation Director

Phi Nguyen joined the Advancing Justice-Atlanta team as litigation director in 2017. In this role, Phi focuses on impact litigation in the areas of voter rights, immigrant rights, and anti-discrimination law.

Phi graduated from Georgia State University School of Law in 2006. She practiced as a medical malpractice defense attorney for eight years, during which time she continuously sought opportunities to serve the Atlanta community outside of her legal practice. Phi was introduced to Advancing Justice 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.

Phi draws her passion to protect and promote the civil rights of the AAPI s from her experience of growing up in the South as a progressive Vietnamese American with refugee parents. As litigation director, Phi looks forward to combining her litigation and trial skills with her commitment to advocacy for underrepresented communities.

Phi can be reached at or 770.818.6147.

Vân Huynh

Supervising Immigration Attorney

Vân Huynh is the Supervising Immigration Attorney and leads the Removal Defense Team in representing individuals in immigration detention throughout Georgia.

She was the 2015-2017 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Law Foundation Community Law Fellow at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago, focusing on legal advocacy and immigrants' rights policies. Prior to coming to Atlanta, Vân practiced immigration law in Chicago, where she represented individuals in bond proceedings and at immigration hearings. In her role as an attorney, she worked with community organizations to co-strategize deportation defense cases. Her approach to law and advocacy is with an eye to movement lawyering and seeks to effectively address root causes of criminalization through organizing.

She received her B.A. in Political Science from Temple University and J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.

Vân can be reached at 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 or 404.585.8446.

Amy Willis

Trinh Huynh Legal Fellow

Amy was born in Hong Kong and lived outside of London before moving to the United States a few months shy of 6 years old. They grew up in Louisville, KY and graduated from Butler University in 2008, with degrees in Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies. Amy lived overseas in the Czech Republic and South Korea for several years before attending law school at Suffolk University in Boston. Amy graduated from there in 2015 and has spent the past two years developing and running a free eviction defense clinic in Fulton County Magistrate Court.

Amy believes in the power of community organizing to create meaningful social change and is looking forward to using the law to support building power in the South.

Amy can be reached at

Janae Bruce

Office Coordinator

Janae Bruce is the Office Coordinator 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 or 404.585.8446.

James Woo

Communications and Outreach Associate

James Chan Woo is the Communications and Outreach Associate 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 or 770.239.6632.

Esther Lim

Program Coordinator

Esther Lim is the Program Coordinator 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 or 404.585.8446.

Samantha Keng

Civic Engagement Coordinator

Samantha joined Advancing Justice as the civic engagement coordinator in August 2017. Prior to this, she worked with Advancing Justice as a campus organizer and field intern. She is a fourth-year student at Emory University, where she is double majoring in Gender & Sexuality Studies and History. At Emory, she serves as co-chair of the NAACP Political Action Committee and is a member of a student coalition advocating for sanctuary campus status and protections for undocumented students. Currently, she is collaborating on a zine about radical Chinese American history within the labor, housing rights, and racial justice movements.

She is passionate about Asian American history education and strives to be intentional about mobilizing her Chinese American community to work in solidarity with other folks of color.

Samantha can be reached at or 404.585.8446.

Berenice Rodriguez

Bilingual Program Associate

Berenice Rodriguez is the Bilingual Program Associate 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 or 404.585.8446.

Anthony Pacheco

Immigration Paralegal

Anthony Pacheco is the Immigration Paralegal 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 or 404.585.8446.

Caroline Gao

Legal Administration Assistant

Caroline Gao is the Legal Administrative Assistant for Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta. Caroline is a recent graduate of Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies with a B.S. in Public Policy. She devoted her college experience in working with organizations to represent the diversity in the community. She served as the president of the Gamma Chapter of Delta Phi Lambda Sorority Inc. and the vice president of the GSU Multicultural Greek Council.

Caroline began her journey with Advancing Justice-Atlanta as a Legal Intern. She believes in unity through diversity and advocates for those who are marginalized. Caroline aspires to grow and stabilize international relations, especially in the Asia-America relations at the local level. She will continue to promote a mutually beneficial relationship between the U.S. and China that advocates for peace and prosperity. Caroline speaks Chinese.

Caroline can be reached at or 404.890.5655.