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Eunice Cho, 2007

Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Prison Project

Eunice Cho is the child of immigrants from South Korea

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

EUNICE HYUNHYE CHO (@eunicehcho) is a Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU National Prison Project. Eunice’s work focuses on challenging unconstitutional conditions in U.S. immigration detention facilities and towards an end of the country’s mass immigration detention system. She has coordinated the ACLU’s litigation of over 40 cases against ICE to release people from immigration detention around the country during the COVID-19 pandemic, and has authored several reports regarding abuses in immigration detention.

Prior to joining the ACLU-NPP, Eunice was a Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Washington, where she litigated cases involving the rights of immigrants in detention, incarcerated people, and students with disabilities. She also worked as a Staff Attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center, where she litigated cases related to immigration enforcement abuse and prison conditions. She was a Skadden Fellow, and later a Staff Attorney, at the National Employment Law Center, focusing on issues affecting immigrant workers.

Eunice received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. Following graduation, she clerked for Hon. Kim McLane Wardlaw of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to her work as an attorney, Eunice served as a community organizer and as the Education Director for the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, where 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 is the proud daughter of immigrants from Korea, and grew up in Arizona.

Education
  • JD Law | Stanford University 2009
  • BA American Studies | Yale University 2000
Awards
  • 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 National Prison Project, Senior Staff Attorney
  • 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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