CHIRLA is Proud to Honor Stewart Kwoh
at our 2012 Annual Spring Gala
Stewart Kwoh is the architect of the path to promise that Los Angeles immigrant rights organizations like CHIRLA walk. He is a founder of CHIRLA and The California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC), and is the founder and leader of APALC, the nation's largest legal organization serving the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities. Mr. Kwoh has played a vital leadership role in building the infrastructure and capacity necessary for CHIRLA and its partners and allies to thrive, and has been key force in building the vibrant immigrant rights movement in Los Angeles that exists today.
Founded in 1983, APALC has become, under Kwoh’s leadership, the largest and most diverse legal assistance and civil rights organization representing the Asian Pacific Islander community in the United States. Kwoh is also vice-chair of the Board of Directors for the Asian American Justice Center (formerly the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium) which was founded by APALC in 1991.
In June 1998, Kwoh was named a MacArthur Foundation fellow. He was the first Asian American attorney and human rights activist to receive this highly prestigious recognition.
Kwoh earned his B.A. from UCLA and his law degree from the UCLA School of Law. He also teaches an undergraduate class called “Asian Americans and the Law” at UCLA.
Having grown up in Los Angeles, Kwoh has actively pursued interests in a wide range of community issues. After the civil unrest in 1992, he helped to initiate the Multicultural Collaborative, a committee of 11 minority organizations dedicated to developing a comprehensive plan for human relations improvement in Los Angeles. He has been a steering committee member of the Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights for Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and chair of the Board of Directors (2000-2002) of The California Endowment.
Kwoh is the co-author of Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future (2010) and Searching for the Uncommon Common Ground: New Dimensions on Race in America (2002). He is also editor and co-author of Untold Civil Rights Stories: Asian Americans Speak Out for Justice (2009), a book focusing on Asian American civil rights heroes.