Victoria Jeon

  • Hosted by National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
  • Sponsored by The Paul Rapoport Foundation
  • Service location New York, New York
  • Law school Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University
  • Issue area LGBTQ+ Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2020
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Victoria will promote the intersectional legal rights for the LGBTQ+ Asian and Pacific Islander population through impact appellate litigation, advocacy and legal services for this community.

LGBTQ+ Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (API) are often overlooked in both their respective ethnic communities and LGBTQ+ communities. This leaves a visible gap in addressing LGBTQ+ APIs’ legal needs, including in immigration law, family law, criminal law, and more. This project seeks to ensure that LGBTQ+ APIs are represented in current civil rights issues and have better access to culturally sensitive legal services. Through blending law, advocacy and community organizing, this project ultimately aims for a stronger communal infrastructure for the LGBTQ+ API community.

Victoria is an LGBTQ+ Korean immigrant, lying at the exact intersections of an Asian-American, LGBTQ+ individual and an immigrant. She therefore identifies and empathizes with the community she will work with and wants to see LGBTQ+ APIs represented in the law, LGBTQ+ community and society at large.

Fellowship Plans

This project focuses on bringing the greatest possible impact on behalf of LGBTQ+ APIs through appellate advocacy and community building. Upon identifying cases that impact LGBTQ+ APIs and LGBTQ+ API immigrants, this project will submit amicus briefs to add the perspective and legal issues affecting LGBTQ+ APIs. This project will also ensure members of the community have access to legal services by broadening NQAPIA’s legal referral program. Finally, this project will also provide direct legal support to local LGBTQ+ API organizations around non-profit 501(c)(3) formation and compliance to promote a stronger LGBTQ+ API community and bring long-term results.

What I am fighting for is written in my face and identity. I want to be an advocate for my own intersectional community and make a difference on their behalf.

Victoria Jeon /
2020 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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