Bonnie Youn ('94) honored by The White House as Champion for Change
WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, March 26th, the White House will honor 11 people as Cesar Chavez “Champions of Change.” This Champions event, “A Legacy of Service: Organizing for Immigration Reform,” will honor those who embody the spirit of Cesar Chavez’s legacy and commit themselves to working in their communities to advocate and organize around immigration-related issues. Though the honorees come from vastly different backgrounds, they all share a commitment to realizing Chavez’s core values and the dream of a more just tomorrow.
The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature groups of Americans – individuals, businesses and organizations – who are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.
Bonnie M. Youn
Bonnie M. Youn is a recognized Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community leader in Georgia. Ethnically Korean but born in the Philippines, she began practicing as an immigration attorney in 1997, and is principal of her own law firm, the Youn Law Group. She has worked tirelessly to provide a voice for immigrants and AAPI communities. She led teams that organized the 2013 Georgia AAPI Legislative Day, gathering the largest number of AAPIs in history at the State Capitol to meet and lobby elected officials. In 2012, she worked closely with the White House Initiative on AAPIs to organize its Southeast Regional Action Summit at Emory University in Atlanta. The Summit brought together over 500 participants to meet federal agency officials, culminating in a town hall meeting discussing concerns about immigration, healthcare and mental health issues, small business, and housing needs. Her current passions are advocating for more AAPI judges and political appointees, challenging state legislation that disenfranchises immigrants, and creating a legacy of a sustainable AAPI Commission for Georgia.