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Ivy O. Suriyopas

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

New York, NY, USA


Ivy O. Suriyopas is an attorney and the director of the Anti-Trafficking Initiative at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF). She provides legal representation, conducts community education and outreach, and engages in policy advocacy on human trafficking issues. This legal representation includes immigration assistance, criminal justice advocacy, and civil litigation for claims involving the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and other federal and state laws. Ms. Suriyopas serves as a Freedom Network (USA) Co-Chair and a steering committee member of the New York Anti-Trafficking Network. She co-authored the third edition of "Identification and Legal Advocacy for Trafficking Survivors" and the first edition of "Immigration Relief for Crime Victims: The U Visa Manual." She is a recipient of the New York City Bar Association's Legal Services Award.  Her previous legal experience includes externships with the Honorable Martin J. Jenkins of the Northern District of California and the ACLU of Northern California. She served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal and studied international human rights law in South Africa through Howard University. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and her B.S. in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University.   



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