Angela M. Chung graduated from UCLA School of Law from the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law & Policy Program. Prior to entering law school, she worked as a community organizer focusing on issues of race, gender, and criminalization. She trained with the Center for Third World Organization under the Movement Apprenticeship Activist Program and the Labor/Community Strategy Center under the National School for Strategic Organizing.
Angela is now on staff with the Children’s Defense Fund – CA (CDFCA) in Los Angeles focusing on criminal and juvenile justice policy. She recently got a chance to teach students at UCLA School of Law’s Youth & Justice Clinic with Professor Jyoti Nanda. As a partner organization in the clinic, Angela got a chance to teach students how to create and implement legislative change for youth in justice locally and across the state, and also teach students how to navigate different modes of advocacy.
Prior to joining CDF-CA, Angela was a public defender with the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, and previously worked at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), building a new program to provide direct legal services to US adults/minor survivors of human trafficking, as well as provide victim’s rights advocacy in state and federal courts.
Angela’s current focus is as a co-sponsoring organization, passing Senate Bill 124, introduced by Senator Mark Leno, to drastically limit the use of solitary confinement in juvenile facilities across the state of California, and transforming conditions of confinement for incarcerated youth by increasing alternatives to incarceration and promoting access to trauma-informed approaches to serving children & youth.
When she is not fighting for social justice, she is a freelance writer and avid mountain climber enthusiast dedicated to building opportunities for people to heal through the outdoors.