Policy Director

Office: Los Angeles

cchoi@caimmigrant.org

Connie Choi

Connie Choi, Esq., is an immigration attorney and advocate with over 15 years of experience in the legal, nonprofit, and government sectors. As an attorney-advocate who has worked to defend the human and civil rights of stigmatized and under-represented groups, the body of her work is informed by a desire to ensure equal access and opportunity for individuals of all backgrounds.

Connie’s background highlights her deep commitment to advocating for social justice and immigrant rights. She is formerly the Deputy Director of Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN). Previously, she also co-led the award-winning Protecting Immigrant Families campaign, as their field manager and strategist at the National Immigration Law Center. At Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, Connie created and sustained a national network of Asian American and Pacific Islander non-profits providing naturalization services to local communities. She participated in litigation efforts to strike down anti-immigrant laws like Senate Bill 1070 in Arizona, and led legislative and administrative advocacy efforts on issues impacting immigrant communities. For example, Connie drafted legislation and advocated to expand educational opportunities for undocumented youth in California. Assembly Bill 2000 was ultimately signed into law in 2014.

Connie has also worked in private practice. She was an attorney with Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP (SGG), a full-service boutique immigration firm in Los Angeles. At SGG, Connie represented several asylees fleeing gang-based violence from Central America pro bono, and served on the firm’s Community Impact Committee, designed to further the firm’s pro bono representation and profile within marginalized immigrant communities. Connie also has her own social justice consulting practice.

Connie has previously worked for the Asian American Justice Center, the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington Legislative Office, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project. She also served as an aide to U.S. Representative Barbara Lee, working both as an immigration caseworker and a liaison to the Asian and Native American communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Connie graduated from the Boston University School of Law and the University of California, Berkeley with a double major in political science and mass communications.

Connie was born and raised in Los Angeles, and is conversant in Korean. When she’s not working and not living through Covid-19, she loves to explore new restaurants and go café-hopping, discover and hike the hidden corners of LA, and travel.