Andres Kwon


Equal Justice Works Emerson Fellow



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Andrés Dae Keun Kwon is Equal Justice Works Emerson fellow at the ACLU of Southern California.

Andrés works on the intersection of criminal justice reform, immigrants’ rights and access to counsel. In particular, his project seeks to enhance access to effective counsel for indigent immigrants charged with crimes.

As recent immigrants from Argentina, Andrés and his family struggled to access effective counsel to navigate a complex, punitive criminal-immigration legal system he now seeks to transform. Andrés went to law school so that, as a human rights lawyer, he could stand by the side of immigrants and families like his who struggle to access effective counsel.

Andrés is a 2016 graduate of the Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law, where he was the recipient of the Emil Joseph Stache Scholarship and served as Senior Editor of the UCLA Law Review. During the summer of his first year of law school, Andrés was a legal intern at The Bronx Defenders’ Immigration Practice, supporting immigration experts who worked alongside public defenders, seamlessly integrating criminal and immigration representation.  Since beginning his second year, through legal internships at the ACLU of Southern California, Andrés initiated an effort to strengthen the representation of poor immigrants charged with crimes.

Andrés has worked in the area of immigrants’ rights for over a decade and speaks fluent Spanish and Korean.  Prior to law school, he worked as a community organizer for over six years in New York.  Andrés is the first in his family to attain an undergraduate degree let alone a graduate degree, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

Andrés’s publications include Defending Criminal(ized) “Aliens” After Padilla: Toward a More Holistic Public Immigration Defense in the Era of Crimmigration, 63 UCLA L. Rev. 1034 (2016).

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