Betty Hung is a long-time social justice lawyer with a focus on law and organizing. For over 20 years, she has worked on myriad issues such as workers rights, racial justice, immigrant rights, education equity, and gender justice. Betty is the Staff Director at the UCLA Labor Center and previous worked at a national civil rights organization. Betty is a member of New City Church of Los Angeles and serves on the boards of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), the CLEAN Carwash Worker Center, and Economic Roundtable.

Faith in Action
Dismantling Plantation Capitalism Through Collective Worker Organizing
By Betty Hung

Over 20 years ago, as a freshly minted lawyer at what was then known as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, I was fortunate to work on a landmark case under the mentorship of Julie Su, representing 80 Thai workers who had been enslaved behind barbed wire in an El Monte sweatshop and forced to sew garments for some of the nation’s leading manufacturers and retailers.