Betty Hung is Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA's Policy Director, overseeing the organization's strategic policy and advocacy initiatives to promote equal access and equal justice for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) communities in solidarity with other underserved communities. She started her career at Advancing Justice-LA in 1997 as a member of the legal team that litigated the groundbreaking El Monte Thai and Latino garment worker case and rejoined the organization in February 2012.
At Advancing Justice-LA, Hung supports the leadership and civic engagement of Asian American and NHPI community members on issues such as immigrant rights, racial justice, and education equity. Hung was on the legal team that supported the leadership of undocumented immigrant youth who led and won the campaign for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and helped to co-found the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) DACA Collaborative. Hung also spearheads strategic initiatives to promote higher education equity and diversity and to build strong cross-racial, intersectional community partnerships. In this capacity, Hung helped to form the statewide multiracial College for All Coalition, which partnered with Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon last year to enact landmark state legislation that allocates $240 million to promoting equal opportunity, access, and success for low income and underrepresented students to attend and graduate from California's four-year public universities.
Hung previously was Directing Attorney of the Employment Law Unit at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Special Counsel at Inner City Law Center. Hung’s law and organizing experience includes serving as counsel to the Los Angeles Taxi Workers Alliance and helping to win approximately $22 million dollars in additional annual income for low-wage taxi workers in Los Angeles. On the litigation front, Hung was the lead appellate lawyer in Gonzalez v. Beck, 158 Cal. App. 4th 598 (2007), the first published case to interpret California Labor Code § 98(f), and a litigation associate at the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP where she spearheaded several diversity efforts. Hung also is the author of essays on movement lawyering, including "Law and Organizing from the Perspective of Organizers", which is taught in some public interest law classes.
Hung is actively involved in the community and serves on the boards of Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), Economic Roundtable, and Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, and on the Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Black Worker Center. Hung previously was a board member of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation and Liberty Hill Foundation’s Fund for a New Los Angeles, as well as the ACLU of Southern California, National Lawyers Guild, and Worksafe. She has been honored by the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), National Lawyers Guild, and the Sexual Assault Crisis Agency. Hung is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.