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 satellite 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, and she currently sits on the Steering Committee for the statewide Racial and Ethnic Mental Health Disparities Coalition.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, she co-founded Canada's largest human rights organization for North Korea human rights. 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 earned her Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and recently completed her Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law (LL.M. equivalent) at Oxford University. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.