Betty Hung is the Policy Director, overseeing APALC’s strategic policy advocacy initiatives to promote equal access and equal justice for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. She started her career at APALC in 1997 as a member of APALC’s legal team that litigated the groundbreaking El Monte Thai and Latino garment worker case and rejoined the organization in February 2012.
Hung previously was Directing Attorney of the Employment Law Unit at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Special Counsel at Inner City Law Center. Hung’s policy advocacy experience includes winning approximately $22 million dollars in additional annual income for low-wage taxi workers in Los Angeles and playing a key role in reauthorization of California’s Car Wash Worker Law. More recently, Hung has focused on policy efforts to ensure enforcement of legal protections against racial discrimination in public works construction jobs and to counter wage theft.
On the litigation front, Hung was the lead appellate lawyer in Gonzalez v. Beck, 158 Cal. App. 4th 598 (2007), the first published case to interpret California Labor Code § 98(f), and a litigation associate at the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP where she spearheaded several diversity efforts.
Hung is actively involved in the community and serves on the boards of the ACLU of Southern California and the National Lawyers Guild, as well as the steering committee of the Green L.A. Coalition. Hung previously was a board member of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation and Liberty Hill Foundation’s Fund for a New Los Angeles. She has been honored by the National Lawyers Guild and the Sexual Assault Crisis Agency and is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.