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.

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.

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.

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.

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 vhuynh@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.

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 jbruce@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 speaks Korean

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

Esther Lim

Organizing & Civic Engagement Manager

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 elim@advancingjustice-atlanta.org 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 brodriguez@advancingjustice-atlanta.org or 404.585.8446.

Anthony Pacheco

Civic Engagement Coordinator

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 apacheco@advancingjustice-atlanta.org 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 cgao@advancingjustice-atlanta.org or 404.890.5655.