National Asian Pacific
1612 K Street NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2013
Contact: Azizah Ahmad
NAPABA CONGRATULATES BONNIE M. YOUN ON
THE WHITE HOUSE CESAR CHAVEZ CHAMPION OF CHANGE AWARD
WASHINGTON - Today, the White House honored 10
individuals with the Cesar Chavez Champions of Change Award. Among the
10 honorees is Bonnie M. Youn, who is a member of the National Asian
Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).
The Cesar Chavez Champions of Change Award honors
citizens who demonstrate a commitment to improving their communities,
the country, or the lives of their fellow citizens. Ms. Youn was honored
for her dedication to the Asian Pacific American (APA) and immigrant
communities of Georgia. "We are proud that the White House recognized
Bonnie Youn for her efforts on behalf of the growing immigrant and APA
populations in Georgia," said Wendy C. Shiba, president of NAPABA.
"Bonnie is an energetic and accomplished advocate and NAPABA member and
we congratulate her for being named a Champion of Change."
Ethnically Korean but born in the Philippines, Ms.
Youn was inspired by her own immigrant experiences to dedicate herself
to the APA and immigrant communities of the Southeast. She began
practicing law as an immigration attorney in 1997 and is now principal
of her own law firm, the Youn Law Group. Recently, she led teams that
organized the 2013 Georgia APA Legislative Day, gathering the largest
number of APAs in history at the Georgia State Capitol to meet and lobby
elected officials. In 2012, she worked closely with the White House
Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to organize its
Southeast Regional Action Summit at Emory University in Atlanta. The
Summit brought together over 500 participants to meet federal agency
officials, culminating in a town hall meeting for participants to
discuss concerns about immigration, healthcare and mental health issues,
small business matters, and housing needs. She is an advocate for
increasing the number of APA judges and political appointees,
challenging state legislation that disenfranchises immigrants, and
creating a legacy of a sustainable APA Commission for Georgia. Ms. Youn
is a co-chair of NAPABA's solo and small firm committee and was a member
of the NAPABA 2012 Annual Convention host committee.
The National Asian Pacific
American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian
Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students.
NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 63 local
Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members represent solo
practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and
non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government.
NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues
confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national
network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for
increased diversity of federal and state judiciaries, advocates for
equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and
anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes professional development of
people of color in the legal profession.