Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Orange County Regional Director

Kim, J.D.,
Sylvia Kim is Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA's Orange County Regional Director. Sylvia provides vision and strategic leadership for the organization’s work and is responsible for securing resources to sustain and expand the Orange County Regional office. 
Sylvia has a long-standing passion for human rights issues at home and abroad. Prior to joining Advancing Justice, Sylvia was the Executive Director of a multi-ethnic collaborative advocating to reduce racial disparities in accessing mental health. Sylvia currently sits on the Steering Committee for the California-wide Racial and Ethnic Mental Health Disparities Coalition and is a member of the California's Office of Health Equity Advisory Committee. 
Originally from Toronto, Canada, she co-founded Canada's largest human rights organization for North Korea human rights. Sylvia is still an active human rights advocate and acts as a strategic consultant for multiple international human rights organizations. In 2016, Sylvia was a recipient of the International Korean Lawyers Public Interest Award and was named as one of Asia Society's 21 Young Leaders - a global network of rising leaders impacting the Asia-Pacific region.
Sylvia earned her Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and completed her Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law (LL.M. equivalent) at Oxford University. After law school, she practiced criminal law as both a defense attorney and as an Assistant Crown Attorney. Sylvia then went on to non-profit community-based work managing public legal education programs and training sessions on access to justice issues. 
Sylvia moved to Orange County, California in late 2013 and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. In 2017, Sylvia was recognized by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association with its Best Under 40 Award.

For Legal Help

Advancing Justice - LA’s hotlines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, consumer, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights.

English: 888.349.9695
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356
हिंदी 855.971.2552


도움이 필요하십니까?: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ: 800.914.9583
Cần sự giúp đỡ: 800.267.7395


Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.