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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Eunice Cho, 2007

Staff Attorney, ACLU of Washington

Eunice Cho is the child of immigrants from South Korea

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at Stanford University

EUNICE CHO is a staff attorney at the ACLU of Washington. Previously, Eunice worked as a Staff Attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and at the National Employment Law Project's Immigrant Worker Justice Project in Oakland, California.

Eunice was born in Urbana, Illinois in 1978 to parents from Korea who are naturalized US citizens. Her family resides in Tempe, Arizona.

Eunice received her J.D. from Stanford University and clerked for Hon. Judge Kim M. Wardlaw of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Los Angeles. She graduated from Yale University, magna cum laude, with distinction in the double majors of American studies and ethnicity, race and migration in 2000. She also received the Holmes Pearson Prize for best senior thesis in American studies.

Eunice co-organized and participated in the US migrant rights delegation to the 2001 UN World Conference Against Racism in South Africa. Since 2002, Eunice also served as the Education Director of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. In this role, she headed the BRIDGE project (Building a Race and Immigration Dialogue in the Global Economy), and co-authored a curriculum for immigrant community groups in the US, which received the 2004 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award. She has served as a board member for Freedom University Georgia, ASISTA, the US Human Rights Network, and Incite! Women of Color Against Violence.

Eunice intends a career as an immigration lawyer, a political activist, and a legal scholar of migration issues.

  • JD Law | Stanford University 2009
  • BA American Studies | Yale University 2000
  • Skadden Fellowship for Public Interest Law, 2010
  • Outstanding Book Award, Gustavus Myers Center for Study of Bigotry and Human Rights, 2004
Select Publications
  • Building a Race and Immigration Dialogue in the Global Economy: A Popular Education Curriculum for Immigrant and Refugee Community Organizers (2004)
  • Hollow Victories: The Crisis in Collecting Unpaid Wages for California's Workers (2013)
  • Workers' Rights on ICE: How Immigration Reform Can Stop Retaliation and Advance Labor Rights (2013)
  • A New Understanding of Substantial Abuse: Evaluating Harm in U Visa Petitions for Immigrant Victims of Workplace Crime, 20 Geo. Imm. L.J. 1 (2014)
  • U Visas for Victims of Workplace Crime: A Practice Manual (2014)
Work History
  • ACLU of Washington, Staff Attorney | November 2017 - PRESENT
  • Southern Poverty Law Center, Staff Attorney | June 2014 - September 2017
  • National Employment Law Project, Staff Attorney | January 2011 - May 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Law Clerk, Hon. Kim McLane Wardlaw | August 2009 - August 2010
  • National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Education Director | September 2000 - July 2006
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