Civil rights attorney Julia Yoo fights on behalf of people whose Constitutional rights have been violated by wrongful arrest, illegal searches or the use of excessive force. Julia has specialized in representing women prisoners and women who have been victims of sexual abuse.
Upon graduation from law school in 1998, Julia Yoo founded the Law Center for Women Prisoners, a nonprofit organization designed to assist and advocate for incarcerated women. The Law Center, in partnership with externship programs through the University of Colorado law school, provided legal assistance to hundreds of incarcerated women for a variety of issues from prisons failure to provide adequate medical care to termination of parental rights.
In 2000, Julia began litigating on behalf of incarcerated people for violation of their Constitutional rights under the Eighth Amendment. She has filed suits against private and public prisons for failure to provide appropriate and timely medical care and for sexual assault committed by prison staff. Julia has won cases on behalf of a woman who was left to miscarry her baby in her cell; a woman sexually harassed by her parole officer; women who were sexually abused by their alcohol and drug counselor in a private prison; a woman raped in a janitor’s closet by a corrections officer; and teenagers who were sexually assaulted by guards in a juvenile facility.
In 2003, Julia joined Gene Iredale and began litigating on behalf of people whose Constitutional rights have been violated by wrongful arrest or the use of excessive force, as well as wrongful death. Since joining Iredale and Yoo, Julia has handled a series of high profile cases including the case of a minor who was shot in the leg by an off-duty police officer; a college student left in a DEA holding cell for four days with no food or water; an inmate at the San Diego County Jail who died from methamphetamine overdose; a schizophrenic inmate who died from overconsumption of water; a couple who were Tasered and pepper sprayed for calling 911 and requesting a sergeant during a traffic stop; and an emotionally distraught man who was tasered and shot with a bean bag for refusing to come out of a bath tub.
Julia has given lectures and presentations across the country on the rights of incarcerated people and police misuse of force. Julia serves as the Vice President of the National Police Accountability Project, the largest civil rights attorneys organization in the country. Julia is the recipient of the 2016 American Constitution Society’s Roberto Alvarez award. Julia has been recognized by Bestlawyers in America and Super Lawyers.