Meet Our Team

 

Executive Director

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Naznin Saifi received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in 1987 and her law degree from The American University’s Washington College of Law in 1992.  Ms. Saifi became the Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center in August 2015.  After graduating from law school, Ms. Saifi worked as a staff attorney practicing in the areas of public benefits and housing at the Spokane Legal Services Center in Spokane, Washington and then at the Legal Aid Society of Mercer County in Trenton, New Jersey.  In 2001, Ms. Saifi became the managing attorney of the Prince William branch office of Legal Services of Northern Virginia practicing family law.  Prior to joining the APALRC, Ms. Saifi was a deputy director at Northeast New Jersey Legal Services where she practiced consumer and public benefits law.  Ms. Saifi has served on numerous committees and has been the recipient of several awards for her service to the low-income communities in which she practiced.

 

 

naznin.saifi@apalrc.org

202-706-7057

Program Assistant

Ryan joined the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) in May 2011 as an outreach intern. During his internship, Ryan reached out to different community groups throughout the D.C. Metropolitan area. He established partnerships with different community groups, conducted legal education workshops, and promoted the APALRC’s services in the area. In April, 2014, Ryan joined the APALRC full-time as a program assistant where his primary duties include implementing the Crime Victim Assistance Partnership (CVAP) by liaison with the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and other community partners, providing case management to crime victims, and assisting with victim compensation applications. Furthermore, Ryan also provides Chinese interpretation and translation to the community.

Ryan received his Master of Science in Management: Criminal Justice Management from the University of Maryland, University College and his Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park.

 

 

Ryan.chan@apalrc.org

202-706-7150 x15

Staff Attorney

AnnPark

Ann Park joined the APALRC as a staff attorney in October 2015 and focuses her practice on domestic violence, family law and immigration law cases. As a Korean-speaking attorney with an immigration background, she is passionate about serving under-served immigrants. During law school, she was a Civitas ChildLaw Fellow focusing on child and family law-centered curriculum. Ann participated in the ChildLaw Policy and Legislation Clinic, working closely in drafting a bill to protect the right to self-defense of domestic violence victims. She also was a student attorney for the Civitas ChildLaw Clinic, where she represented child clients in child protection and custody dispute cases. She also volunteered with the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights advocating rights of unaccompanied minors from China.

Prior to joining the APALRC, Ann was a public interest law fellow at the ABA Center on Children and the Law focusing on a project that promotes rights of immigrant families involved in child protection proceedings. Ann was also awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research on South Korea’s child welfare system in 2014-2015.

Ann received her Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law where, in addition to her being a Civitas ChildLaw Fellow, she received a certificate in Child and Family Law. She completed her Bachelors of Arts in the College of Social Studies from Wesleyan University, with a major focusing on an interdisciplinary study of government, economics, history and philosophy. Ann is a member of the Illinois Bar and is currently pursuing approval for waiver into the District of Columbia Bar.

 

ann.park@apalrc.org

202-706-7113

Staff Attorney

LindaVuongLinda joined APALRC as a Legal Fellow whose focus is the New Americans Campaign, a program designed to aid legal permanent residents gain citizenship through modernized and streamlined access to naturalization services. As a Vietnamese-speaking attorney, her background is primarily focused on helping the underserved immigrant population. During law school, she interned at the International Service Center where she assisted low-income individuals and families obtain immigration services. Linda also provided trainings to explain in detail a variety of forms and applications. Other immigration experience she has includes filing humanitarian-based petitions such as U visas, provisional waivers, and deferred action petitions.

Aside from her immigration background, her legal experience extends to representing indigent juveniles in delinquency proceedings. As a student attorney for the Center for Juvenile Justice, she managed her own team to ensure ample and zealous advocacy for her clients.

Linda received her Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder. After graduating from law school, she became licensed to practice law in her home state of Colorado and is currently awaiting approval for waiver into the District of Columbia bar.

 

linda.vuong@apalrc.org

202-706-7135

Staff Attorney

June Lee joined APALRC as a staff attorney in February 2017.  Her practice focuses on representing survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking in Family Law and Immigration matters.  As a Korean-speaking attorney, June is working to expand access to legal services for low-income communities with limited English proficiency.  Prior to joining APALRC, June was a staff attorney at Queens Legal Services, where she represented low-income domestic violence survivors in Family Law and Immigration cases.  She also served as co-chair of the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee at the Asian American Bar Association of New York, where she helped establish a free legal advice clinic in Manhattan’s Chinatown.

June received her law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 2011 and her undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College in 2008.

 

 

june.lee@apalrc.org

202-706-7142

Staff Attorney

enochchang

Enoch joined the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) in May 2011 as a summer intern working on the Housing and Community Justice Project, focusing on tenants’ rights in federally subsidized housing in Chinatown. He continued to extern with the APALRC throughout his 3L year, working on various legal issues pertaining to immigration and family law, and wrote his thesis on D.C.’s Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act, with an emphasis on community lawyering. Enoch transitioned into a full-time law fellow in September 2012, where he continued to work in substantive law areas such as immigration, family law, and housing law, as well as supervising technological aspects of the APALRC such as administering the organization’s website and social media updates.

In September 2013, Enoch accepted a position as a staff attorney, with a particular focus on issues pertaining to immigration relief in asylum, trafficking visas, and deferred action; healthcare reform; and identity fraud. In addition to substantive legal work, and while continuing to administer the organization’s online presence, Enoch is also the supervisor for the APALRC’s Legal Interpreter Project (LIP) and the Crime Victims Assistance Program (CVAP), which partners with DC Superior Court’s Crime Victims Compensation Program (CVCP) to provide monetary compensation to victims of violent crime in DC for medical expenses, mental health counseling, lost wages, and other related costs.

Prior to joining the APALRC, Enoch worked for the Law Offices of Anne Keith Walton and sat second chair to Ms. Walton in several criminal defense trials. Before law school, Enoch worked in the Orange County real estate market, focusing on title insurance and commercial real estate.

Enoch received his Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School and his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. He is barred and licensed to practice law in New York.

 

enoch.chang@apalrc.org

202-706-7080