Betty Hung Policy Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA
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, education equity, and criminal justice reform. 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.
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 policy advocacy experience includes winning approximately $22 million dollars in additional annual income for low-wage taxi workers in Los Angeles and playing a key role in reauthorization of California’s Car Wash Worker Law. 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 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, Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, and the National Lawyers Guild, 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 and Worksafe. She has been honored by the National Lawyers Guild and the Sexual Assault Crisis Agency. Hung is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.