Staff

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 scho@advancingjustice-atlanta.org or 404.585.8446.

Javeria Jamil

Staff Attorney

Javeria Jamil, Esq., is a Part-time Staff Attorney with Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta. Javeria is a licensed California attorney and a graduate of George Washington (GW) University Law School, from where she obtained her J.D. in 2014. A first generation immigrant, she has a passion for serving immigrants and other underserved communities. During her law school career, she was actively involved in the GW 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 and asylum in the U.S. She also volunteered at various immigration clinics, where she helped asylees apply for permanent residence in the U.S. and green card holders apply for naturalization.

Before joining Advancing Justice- Atlanta, Javeria worked as a Government Watch List fellow for the Council on American Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C., where she assisted clients who had been wrongfully placed on the U.S. government’s terror watch list.

Javeria can be reached at jjamil@advancingjustice-atlanta.org or 770.239.6556.

Monica Kinene

Of Counsel, Immigration Attorney

Monica S. Kinene, Esq. serves as Advancing Justice – Atlanta’s Of Counsel, Immigration Attorney. Monica is a licensed Georgia attorney who has been practicing immigration law since 2010 as a solo practitioner. She is a first generation immigrant from Uganda who is extremely passionate about helping other immigrants as they continue their journey in the United States. She has successfully handled all types of immigration cases including family-based petitions, waivers, filings of T, U, and VAWA petitions, unaccompanied minors and deferred action for childhood arrivals. She a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Georgia. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Division and the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. She has also served as the Co-chair of the State Bar of Georgia Family Immigration CLE for the past two years.

Monica can be reached at mskinene@advancingjustice-atlanta.org or 770.239.6556.

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 ayaqoob@advancingjustice-atlanta.org or 404.585.8446.

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.​

Raymond can be reached at rpartolan@advancingjustice-atlanta.org or 770.239.6649.

Nathalie Levine

Paralegal

Nathalie Levine is Advancing Justice - Atlanta's paralegal and administrative assistant. Having led queer and feminist groups throughout high school and college, she now brings her commitment to social justice to the struggle for immigrant rights. Previously, she worked in an archive of Holocaust testimonies and as a research assistant for an urban sociologist.

Nathalie grew up in the Bay Area and Central New Jersey, and lived in coastal Connecticut, northeastern China, and Taiwan before coming to the South. She speaks Mandarin, French, and a bit of Yiddish. She loves Manchurian history, making music and zines, and girls rock camp.

Nathalie can be reached at nlevine@advancingjustice-atlanta.org 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 enjoys watching movies, listening to alternative music, and enjoys spending time with friends and family. James speaks Korean.

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

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.

Crystal can be reached at cluk@advancingjustice-atlanta.org or 404.585.8446.