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 is a staff attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta and leads the direct immigration services program.

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.

Javeria graduated from the George Washington University of Law. During law school, she was an active member of 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 in the U.S. Javeria received her B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles in Middle Eastern and North African Studies.

Javeria is admitted to practice in California, Georgia, and Washington D.C.

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.

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 pnguyen@advancingjustice-atlanta.org or 770.818.6147.

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.

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.

Tammy Lu

Administrative Assistant

Tammy Lu is the Administrative Assistant at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta. She was born in Atlanta and raised in Lawrenceville, GA. At a young age, she had a sense of duty to contribute back to the Gwinnett community, which she grew up in. Tammy believes that no matter how small of a contribution is made, every minute a person serves can only influence change. She hopes to connect with members of the community through service and empower involvement. In 2016, she was recognized with the Volunteer GGC Humanitarian Award.

Currently, she is enrolled at Georgia Gwinnett College and studying to achieve her Bachelor's Degree in Cell Biology and Biotechnology. As a student leader, she has had the privilege to serve as the 2016 - 2017 Student Government Association President, Resident Assistant in the GGC Grands Community, and also a member of the USG Student Advisory Council.

Tammy can be reached at tlu@advancingjustice-atlanta.org or 404.585.8446.