Jean Ahn

  • Hosted by Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Los Angeles, California
  • Law school University of California, Irvine School of Law
  • Issue area Immigrant Victims and Hate Crimes Victim's Rights Enforcement
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Crime Victims Justice Corps

The Project

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) seeks to achieve equal justice for poor and low-income people in greater Los Angeles. LAFLA was one of the first legal aid organizations in the country to create a specialized unit to serve the Asian and Pacific Islander community in the 1990s. Jean served the Asian and Pacific Islander community in the greater Los Angeles in a variety of ways by providing direct representation, offering counsel and advice, providing referrals, and educating community members about their legal rights through workshops and seminars. Through this fellowship, Jean assisted and represented survivors of domestic violence, sexual assaults, and other serious crimes to obtain protection and adjust their status. 

As a previous Title IX Investigator, Jean offered trauma-informed services. Jean provided linguistically and culturally appropriate services to crime victims, and as a bilingual attorney, she conducted regular legal clinics in Korean to assist monolingual Korean speakers. She also regularly provided legal help at the Domestic Violence Clinic in the courthouse in Downtown LA. Through this fellowship, Jean helped protect and advance the rights of the most underserved in Los Angeles. 

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