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APALC Attorney Carmina Ocampo Receives Community Advocacy Award

APALC staff attorney Carmina Ocampo was named Community Advocate of the Year by the Philippine American Bar Association (PABA) at their annual installation dinner in February 2012.  Ocampo received the recognition for her commitment to serving the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities through legal advocacy on a wide range of social justice issues.

Ocampo advocates in the areas of workers’ rights, employment discrimination, First Amendment rights, and other civil rights areas.  She currently represents a large group of Filipino American hospital employees who were subjected to a discriminatory English-only policy by their employer, Delano Regional Medical Center in Central California.  Ocampo joined APALC as a Skadden Fellow in 2008 after graduating from UCLA School of Law with a specialization in Critical Race Studies.  

“Carmina is a reassuring presence to those whose voices have been suppressed and whose talents have gone unrecognized. Her passion and purpose make her an ideal recipient of PABA's Community Advocate award," said Judith Sethna, PABA President. 

"I am so thankful to PABA for this award and for all the support and mentorship I have received from PABA attorneys ever since I was a law student. I am honored and blessed to be able to serve the Filipino American community as an attorney at APALC!" Ocampo said.

APALC is very proud and thanks PABA for recognizing Ocampo’s contribution to advancing social justice in our communities. Congratulations to Carmina Ocampo!

Photo courtesy of Philippine American Bar Association


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