Asian Law Caucus Has New Executive Director

titi_liu_crop.jpgThe Asian Law Caucus today announced the appointment of Mina Titi Liu as its new executive director.

“Mina Titi Liu not only brings experience, but a vision that will help take the ALC’s long and impressive history of protecting civil rights into the future,” said Monty Agarwal, chair of the board of directors. “She will be a creative, dynamic and thoughtful addition to the Caucus community.”

“We were looking for a leader that has a deep commitment to serving the community and a passion for justice,” said Caucus board member Karen Korematsu-Haigh, “Titi exemplifies those core values of the Asian Law Caucus.”

“Titi’s leadership and human rights experience is exactly what the organization needs,” said Phil Ting, San Francisco Assessor-Recorder and former executive director of the Asian Law Caucus.

Titi will start at the Caucus on June 1. She is currently the Garvey Schubert Barer Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she has studied the role of public interest litigation in social movements in China and the Asian region.

“I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to work with ALC’s talented staff and to build on ALC’s rich legacy of work in the API community,” said Titi. “It feels like a kind of homecoming, to be returning to California, where I grew up, and to be working on the social justice issues that most affect my own community here in the US, after many years of working abroad.”

A graduate of Harvard Law, Titi brings both international experience and a deeply held concern for the threats to civil rights here in the United States. She worked for seven years in Ford Foundation’s Beijing office supporting the development of nongovernmental organizations and leading two initiatives in China.

The first initiative, titled “Reform of Criminal Justice Administration,” promoted increased protections for criminal defendants’ human rights including freedom from arbitrary detention, access to counsel and the right to a fair trial. The second initiative, titled “Protecting the Rights of Vulnerable Groups,” focused on enhancing the legal representation for vulnerable individuals and groups including women, children, laborers and the elderly.

The Caucus also announced that it would soon be relocating to a historic building near Chinatown, moving their staff of 17 to a permanent home.

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