Longtime Southern California courts reporter Rachanee Srisavasdi joins the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, today as its communication director.
Srisavasdi will oversee communication activities and strategies for APALC’s work across its program areas, including impact litigation, direct legal services and policy advocacy. Srisavasdi will help ensure that communications strategies are effectively deployed to increase the impact of APALC’s work on behalf of the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community.
Since 1997, Srisavasdi has served at the courts reporter for The Orange County Register covering civil and criminal cases with widespread public impact. As a journalist, Srisavasdi broke stories on the options backdating trial of former Broadcom Corporation CFO William Ruehle, and the public corruption trial of former Orange County Sheriff Mike Corona.
Srisavasdi previously covered the 2007 investigation on the beating death of jail inmate John Chamberlain, which resulted in the firing of top Sherriff’s Department officials and widespread reforms at the department’s jails. She also served at the lead reporter for the The Register’s coverage in 2005 of the $100 million legal settlement between the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and the clergy’s abuse victims.
A former board member and co-president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, Srisavasdi holds a B.A. in American Literature with a specialization in Asian American Studies from UCLA.
“Rachanee’s extensive experience investigating, reporting and writing on court cases, as well as her demonstrated commitment to the Asian and Pacific Islander community, will be tremendous assets to APALC” said Karin Wang, APALC Vice President of Programs and Communications. “We are excited that Rachanee joins us at this critical time in APALC’s history.”
Founded in 1983, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for civil rights, providing legal services and education, and building coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Pacific Americans and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. APALC is a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, which also includes Asian American Institute (Chicago, IL), Asian American Justice Center (Washington, DC) and Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco, CA).