Los Angeles, Jan. 31, 2003,Civil rights attorney Jeff Kim, who serves as deputy director for Legal Services at the L.A. Gay , Lesbian Center, will be one of 27 individuals featured in "L.A. Stories: The Power of One," a photographic exhibit presented by the national educational organization, Facing History and Ourselves.
The 27 subjects were selected from hundreds of nominations as representative of local people who work quietly for positive change without seeking recognition.The exhibit and its companion exhibit, "Choosing to Participate: Facing History and Ourselves," will be on view at the Los Angeles Public Library's Central Library Feb. 1 through May 4.Kim
and the other 26 individuals will be honored at an event at the Central Library
at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1.Kim's nomination is based on his
decade of service with the L.A. Gay
, Lesbian Center's
Legal Services Department.Among his
many accomplishments, Kim
helped launch the Gay , Lesbian Center's
Safe Haven Project, which works to combat homophobia and create a safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students on Los Angles high school campuses.Kim
also oversees the Gay , Lesbian Center's
Anti-Violence Project, which provides advice and assistance to victims of anti-LGBT hate incidents and hate crimes.He
has expanded the Gay , Lesbian Center's
services in the areas of immigration law, with particular attention to securing asylum for immigrants fleeing sexual orientation- and gender identity-base persecution in their home country.Kim currently serves as co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Network Against Hate Crime, a coalition of law enforcement agencies, human relations organizations, educators, faith communities, social service and advocacy groups and concerned individuals established in 1984 by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations."Jeff's vision and passion to help members of the community who are most in need is representative of the best our society has to offer," said Roger Coggan, director of Legal Services for the Gay , Lesbian Center, who has worked with Kim for the past 10 years.
...From 1996 to 1998, Kim served as a member of the vestry, or the governing board, of Trinity Episcopal Church.Since 2001, he has been a community funding board member of Liberty Hill Foundation's Lesbian and Gay Community Fund.Kim is a graduate of Yale University and University of Michigan School of Law.
The black and white photographs of the exhibit were made by faculty and students from California State University Northridge's
Art and Journalism departments.