Korean Immigrant Workers Advocates
Sabbatical, 2000

Roy Hong is the founder and former Executive Director of Korean Immigrant Workers Advocates (KIWA). Founded in response to the 1992 civil unrest in L.A., and situated in the heart of the city’s Koreatown, KIWA organizes workers to hold employers accountable in disputes over wages and working conditions. KIWA also provides activist training and mounts voter awareness campaigns targeted toward Korean American and Latino workers. Prior to founding KIWA in 1992, Hong was a field representative and organizing director of the Services Employees International Union, Local 87, in San Francisco.

* Roy Hong is now with the California Nurses Association.

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