Location: Los Angeles
Member Since: 2017
Membership Type: Associate
Orange County Regional Director
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles
Sylvia Kim is a lawyer and human rights advocate. Sylvia is originally from Toronto, Canada where she co-founded Canada’s largest human rights organization for North Korea human rights. Sylvia is a strategic consultant for multiple North Korean human rights groups and is an international speaker and policy advisor on North Korean human rights issues.
Sylvia currently resides in Southern California where she is the Orange County Regional Director for Asian Americans Advancing Justice – the nation’s largest legal service and civil rights organization advocating on behalf of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. Under Sylvia’s leadership, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Orange County has nearly tripled in its budget and staffing capacity.
Sylvia earned her Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School and completed her Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law at Oxford University. After law school, she practiced criminal law as both a defense attorney and as an Assistant Crown attorney before turning to non-profit community-based work on public legal education programs and access to justice issues.
In 2016, Sylvia was a recipient of the International Association of Korean Lawyers Public Interest Award and was named as one of Asia Society’s 21 Young Leaders – a global network of rising leaders impacting the Asia-Pacific region. Sylvia is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.