March 25, 2011


Rachanee Srisavasdi, 213-241-0227; rsrisavasdi@apalc.org




LOS ANGELES, CA —   The Asian Pacific American Legal Center, a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, welcomes long-time public interest attorney Doreena Wong as the project director for APALC’s Health Access Project.


Wong, a long-time civil rights lawyer and expert on health policy and language access issues, spent the prior 11 years as a senior staff attorney at the National Health Law Program (NHeLP), which is a national public interest law firm focused on health care issues.  Wong is also a well-known social justice advocate who has helped to found several Asian/Pacific Islander lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights group, including API Equality-LA.  She has also worked at other notable civil rights and public interest organizations, including the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco, the ACLU of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C. and a Los Angeles civil rights firm specializing in enforcement of consent decrees in race discrimination cases.


APALC’s Health Access Project expands on APALC’s long-standing work to protect and promote access to public benefits and health care programs for immigrants, and among other issues will be monitoring and advocating on health care reform implementation issues that affects APIs and immigrants.


“APALC is excited to have Doreena join us, bringing her wealth of experience and knowledge on health issues to APALC at a time when we are expanding our own work to ensure that Asians and Pacific Islanders have full and equal access to health care,” APALC Vice President of Programs and Communications Karin Wang said.


Wong graduated from New York University School of Law. She can be reached at dwong@apalc.org.


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).  
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