Congratulations to SD Members' Promotions!

- Fanny Yu, Immediate Past President of NAPIPA San Diego Chapter and current Vice President of the NAPIPA National Board, on her election to the San Diego County Bar Association Board of Directors.


- Mark Cumba, former NAPIPA San Diego Chapter board member, on his appointment by Governor Newson to the San Diego Superior Court.


- Linh Lam, NAPIPA member, on her promotion to Chief of the Appellate Division of the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.


- Leonard Trinh, NAPIPA member and 2021 NAPIPA Prosecutor of the Year, on his promotion to Assistant Chief of the Special Operations Division of the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.


- David Grapilon, NAPIPA member, on his assignment to Assistant Chief of the Superior Court Division of the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.

Congratulations to Chicago Members' Promotions to Leadership Positions!

Congratulations to National Internal Vice-President Aileen Bhandari and Chicago Chapter Member Enrique Abraham on their promotions to Supervisor Positions in the Cook County State's Attorney's office!


Aileen was promoted to Supervisor of the Community Justice centers and Enrique was promoted to the Supervisor of Appeals.

Congratulations to Nor Cal Members' Promotions to Leadership Positions!

Congratulations to Nor Cal Board Member Ed Liang and National President Paul Jhin on their promotions to Supervising Deputy District Attorney in the Santa Clara DA's office!


Ed was promoted to Supervising Deputy District Attorney of Narcotics and Paul was promoted to Supervising Deputy District Attorney of Juvenile Justice.

Congratulations to SD NAPIPA Members' Promotions!

Congratulations to SD Chapter President Melissa Ocampo to her promotion to DA IV and SD Chapter Member Keith Watanabe on his promotion to DDA V!

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Minnesota Chapter President Hao Nguyen and other members of the Ramsey County Attorney's Office in the newspaper. Yup, the actual newspaper.

Congratulations to SD NAPIPA Members' Promotions!

The San Diego District Attorney's Office recently promoted the following NAPIPA members:


DDA V Promotions:

Patricia Herian 

Roy Lai 

Linh Lam 

Victor Ou 

Leonard Trinh 

Natalie Villaflor (Board member)


DDA IV Promotions:

Hung Bach (Board member)

Huy Betz

Justine Santiago (Board member)

James Teh

Jack Wang


Congratulations to you all!

Congratulations to NAPIPA National Vice President Fanny Yu on Receiving the Hope Rising Award!

Congratulations to NAPIPA National Vice President Fanny Yu on receiving the Hope Rising Award from Point Loma Nazarene University. The Hope Rising Award is given annually to leaders in our community who uniquely exemplify the collaboration and courage it will take to end human trafficking in our community.


Fanny Yu has been a prosecutor for 19 years and is currently the Human Trafficking & Internet Crimes Against Children team leader in the Juvenile Division of the District Attorney's Office. After graduating from law school and passing the CA bar, Fanny moved in November 2001 to
start her career at the San Diego City Attorney's Office, Criminal Division. She joined the San Diego County DA's Office in Jan. 2004 where she has handled murder, child molest, rape, SVP commitments, possession and distribution of child porn, and human trafficking cases. For the
last 8 years Fanny has supervised juvenile justice cases involving child pornography, human trafficking, and pimping offenses. Fanny was instrumental in developing Juvenile R.I.S.E. collaborative court and serve as the dedicated DDA. Fanny is an expert on child commercial sexual exploitation and teaches at the local, state, and national level. She is a member of the San Diego County Regional Human Trafficking and CSEC Advisory Council, San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force, San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, San Diego Police Foundation's SafetyNet Advisory Council, and Co-Chair of Child Welfare Services CSEC Steering Committee. She is also a Member-At-Large for San Diego County Bar Association's Juvenile Law Section and the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. From 2015 to 2020 she also served as San Diego Chapter President of the National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association.

NAPIPA Proudly Announces the Formation of Our 6th Regional Chapter in Georgia!

Big thank you to Gwinnet County Managing Assistant District Attorney, and first ever Georgia Chapter President, Samantha Routh for her incredible work in putting this chapter together.

Great work, Samantha!

Congratulations to NAPIPA Member David Grapilon on Receiving SDCBA’s Service to the Legal Community Award!

Congratulations to Former So Cal Board Member Lana Kim and Former Nor Cal Board Member Jeff Mangar on Being Sworn in to the California Bench!

Congratulations Judge Lana Kim!
Congratulations Judge Jeff Mangar (right in photo)!

NAPIPA congratulates two of our former board members on being sworn into the California bench!


Former So Cal Board Member Lana Kim was a deputy district attorney in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. She was an integral part of NAPIPA's So Cal Board and helped put together our 3rd Annual Scholarship Banquet in Los Angeles. Additionally she was part of the group that went down to San Diego and helped to start up our San Diego chapter.


Former Nor Cal Board Member Jeff Mangar was the Chief Deputy District Attorney in Stanislaus County and NAPIPA's 2019 Prosecutor of the Year. He was an instrumental part of our Nor Cal Board.


Our losses are California's gains! Congratulations, Your Honors!

Congratulations to NAPIPA VP & Founding Member Kin Ng on Receiving the 2020 Thomas E. Dewey Medal from the New York City Bar Association!

Congratulations to NAPIPA VP & Founding Member Kin Ng on being awarded with the prestigious 2020 Thomas E. Dewey Medal from the New York City Bar Association! 


Over nearly 30 years, Kin has been an accomplished prosecutor, a gifted and supportive mentor, and a tireless
champion of justice both in the Office and in the community we serve. In 2017, Kin became the first Asian
Pacific American promoted to Chief of a major trial bureau in a New York City prosecutor’s office, and he
continues to work closely with the Asian American community. He has organized and attended too many
community events to count while forging enduring partnerships with the Asian American community that
create and expand community trust in the justice system – an essential part of our Office mission.


In 2008, he co-founded and co-chaired AABANY’s Prosecutors Committee and, in 2011, he cofounded the National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors’ Association (NAPIPA) to represent Asian Pacific Islander prosecutors nationwide. He is currently on NAPIPA’s National Executive Board and the President of
its New York Regional Chapter.

Announcement from Kings County DA Eric Gonzalez
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Congratulations to HaNhi Tran on Receiving the the Gordon N. Chan Leadership Award from AACI!

Congratulations to NAPIPA member and Santa Clara County DDA HaNhi Tran on being awarded AACI's Gordon N. Chan Leadership Award! As a community-based prosecutor, HaNhi supports our underserved communities so they feel safe. In collaboration with AACI, HaNhi developed a campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence within our diverse immigrant communities called "I Dare To Air - My Resilience, My Truth." "I Dare to Air" is a traveling exhibit of traditional dresses accompanied by stories from local survivors sharing their experiences with domestic violence. "'I Dare to Air' brings the hidden stories of trauma and survival to the forefront. Family violence does not care about the race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status of its victims. I hope that 'I Dare to Air' empowers survivors to find their inner strength to reach out for help." 

Congratulations to Jenny Ow on her Promotion to Assistant District Attorney in Placer County!

L to R: San Mateo ADA Shin-Mee Chang, Courtney, Placer ADA Jenny Ow

Congratulations to NAPIPA Nor Cal Board Member Jenny Ow on being promoted to Assistant District Attorney in Placer County! Jenny previously worked in San Mateo and Nevada Counties before being a Deputy District Attorney in Placer County.


NAPIPA National President Paul Jhin said, "Jenny was one of my mentors (when we both worked) at San Mateo County. She is an excellent trial attorney and an even better person. Placer's lucky to have her."

Congratulations to NAPIPA Member Alpana Samant on Winning San Mateo DA's Prosecutor of the Year Award!

Alpana Samant is a first generation San Franciscan.  Her family moved from Mumbai, India to SF in 1975 and her parents ran an SRO hotel in the city for 20 years.  

Alpana has been a Deputy District Attorney in San Mateo County for twelve years.  She is currently assigned to prosecute Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking cases.  In this assignment, Alpana tried eight sexual assault cases and one human trafficking case.  The human trafficking case, People v. Matthew Graves, was the first of its kind in San Mateo County.  The defendant had been pimping out a 16-year-old girl.  He turned down a determinate term pretrial offer and was sentenced after trial to 34 years to life.

Alpana’s  most significant trial to date was People v. Noah Winchester.  Winchester was a very well-liked San Mateo police officer and former Marine.  One morning a woman was contacted for drunk driving as she was asleep in her car in a lane of traffic and she accused him of raping her the night before.  Despite being skeptical of the charges, the Burlingame Police Department and the San Mateo DA Inspectors Bureau took up the case and eventually uncovered many other victims spanning back many years to when Winchester had been a peace officer with the Los Rios Community College District in Sacramento.   The case finally went to trial with four alleged victims, one from Sacramento and three from San Mateo.  All the victims had some criminal history and the women in San Mateo all had friends in common or knew each other.  After a three week trial where the Defendant testified and accused the women of fabricating the allegations, a jury found him guilty of all counts.  He was sentenced to 81 years to life on January 16, 2020.


Alpana has been an active member of NAPIPA's Nor Cal Chapter for many years.


Congratulations, Alpana!


NAPIPA strongly denounces anti-Asian attacks (of any kind) and xenophobia. We encourage victims and witnesses of hate crimes to contact their local law enforcement agencies.NAPIPA strongly denounces these anti-Asian attacks and xenophobia. We hope that you can pass this message along so people who are victimized in these racist attacks know that they do not have to simply endure these crimes and that they are not alone


Big thank you to the Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego (PALSD) for putting together this awesome informational flyer. Please feel free to disseminate. Let's all work together to put an end to the racism!

Congratulations to NAPIPA Member Patrick Bumatay on His Confirmation to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit!

Congratulations NAPIPA Nor Cal Board Member and 2017 NAPIPA Prosecutor of the Year Thienvu Ho on Being Promoted to Sacramento Assistant District Attorney!

Former NAPIPA National Vice President and current Superior Court Judge Johnny Gogo (left) presents the NAPIPA Prosecutor of the Year Award to new Sacramento Assistant District Attorney Thienvu Ho (right).

NAPIPA Congratulates NAPIPA Member & AUSA Patrick Bumatay on His Nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit!

NAPIPA congratulates NAPIPA member and AUSA Patrick Bumatay on his nomination to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and wholeheartedly endorses his confirmation.


Mr. Bumatay earned his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Yale University, and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. After graduating from law school, Mr. Bumatay served as a law clerk to Judge Sandra L. Townes of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Mr. Bumatay has served in various positions at the United States Department of Justice, including the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, the Office of the Associate Attorney General, and the Office of Legal Policy. He serves as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of California in the San Diego office, where he is a member of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Forces Section. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the National Filipino American Lawyers Association, the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association, and of course NAPIPA.


If confirmed, Mr. Bumatay would be the first Filipino American to serve as an Article III federal appellate judge.

Congratulations to Nor Cal Pres Johnny Gogo on Being Awarded with 2018 Unsung Hero Award!

On July 10, 2018, the Diversity Committee of the Santa Clara County Bar Association presented Johnny Gogo (NAPIPA Nor Cal President) with the 2018 Unsung Hero Award for his efforts in promoting diversity in the legal profession and for providing outstanding service to minority populations.

NAPIPA Proudly Supports California Narcotic Officers' Association (CNOA)!

Join Us in Congratulating NAPIPA Nor Cal VP Thienvu Ho on Winning Sacramento Prosecutor of the Year!

Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney and NAPIPA Nor Cal Chapter Vice President Thienvu Ho was recognized as the 2017 Brian Hintz Prosecutor of the Year by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. 


Every year, prosecutors of the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office nominate colleagues for this prestigious award. In tribute to the award’s namesake Brian Hintz, recipients are honored for exemplifying outstanding job performance, passion, enthusiasm, team work and integrity.


In a ceremony attended by Thien’s family, the family of Brian Hintz, and fellow Sacramento DDAs, Thien’s supervisors praised his accomplishments including the successful prosecution of some of the most difficult cases in Sacramento County as well as Thien’s dedication to community outreach and coaching mock trial. It was also shared that NAPIPA recognized Thien as our 2017 Prosecutor of the Year. 


Please join us in congratulating Thien!

Click the Link Below to Watch NAPIPA SD President Fanny Yu's Video Profile on SDDA FB Page!

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Congratulations to NAPIPA Member Dana Veazey on Her Outstanding Work on the Sierra Lamar Jury Trial!

NAPIPA would like to congratulate Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney, and NAPIPA member, Dana Veazey on her tireless work and for helping to get justice for Sierra Lamar.  We're proud of you, Dana!

Congratulations to Nor Cal President Johnny Gogo: APA Heritage Month Honoree!

If you have access to NBC Bay Area, set your DVRs to Sunday, May 7 at 5:30 a.m. to see Johnny Gogo and the other honorees!  Congratulations Johnny!

Justice Liu's Study Re: APIs in the Legal Field

California Supreme Court Justice, and Honorary NAPIPA Member, Goodwin Liu recently performed a study of APIs in the legal system with the help of law students from Yale University.  


The study showed that few APIs hold leadership positions in the legal field:

  • [Only] (t)hree of the 94 U.S. attorneys and four of the country's nearly 2,500 elected state prosecutors were Asian American.
  • There were 26 active Asian-American judges among more than 850 federal judicial positions. Two percent of almost 10,300 state trial and appellate court judges who were surveyed were Asian-American.
  • Asian Americans were the largest minority group at major law firms but had the highest attrition rates and lowest ratio of partners to associates among all racial groups.


The article also quotes NAPIPA co-founder Charles Huang.  

"Now we understand what's happening," said Charles Huang, a California prosecutor who co-founded the National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association. "We don't know what's causing it, but we know what the empirical results are."

NAPIPA Congratulates NAPIPA National Treasurer Johnny Gogo on Being Awarded "Warrior of the Year"

NAPIPA Congratulates NAPIPA member Andrew Kim on his Appointment to the Bench!

NAPIPA congratulates NAPIPA member Andrew Kim on his appointment to the Superior Court by Governor Jerry Brown!


Kim has served as a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney since 1999.  He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Santa Clara University School of Law.  He was working in the elite unit Crimes Against Police Officer’s Section (CAPOS) at the time of his appointment. 

Congratulations to NY NAPIPA Board Member Donald Leo on his Judicial Appointment!

Judge Donald Leo was appointed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to the Criminal Court bench in December 2015.  Judge Leo is a graduate of New York University and Brooklyn Law School. Judge Leo joined the bench after thirteen years of service as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County and seven years as Deputy Bureau Chief of the Sex Offender Management Bureau for the New York State Attorney General’s Office. His appointment was effective December 29, 2015.
A lifelong New Yorker and first generation son of Chinese immigrants, Judge Leo is fluent in Cantonese and witnessed firsthand the Chinatown community’s aversion to cooperating with law enforcement and their distrust of the legal system. He has spent many of his years as a public servant fostering public trust and bridging the two worlds of New York’s Chinatown and New York’s criminal justice system by bringing justice to those who often feel that there is none.

Congratulations to NAPIPA SD Board Member Mark Cumba on Winning the Attorney General Award for Prosecution!

On September 10, 2015, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris awarded NAPIPA San Diego Chapter Board Member Mark T. Cumba the Attorney General Award for Prosecution.  Each year, Attorney General Harris awards Deputy Attorney Generals, Special Agents and other staff of the Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General with awards recognizing achievements from the previous year.  Mr. Cumba is assigned to the Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud & Elder Abuse where he investigates and prosecutes companies and individuals for illegally abusing the Medicare/Medi-Cal programs as well as residential care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, caretakers and other individuals for abusing or neglecting California's elderly and dependent adult citizens.  Mr. Cumba was recognized for criminal prosecutions against three defendants resulting in homicide convictions, as well as civil prosecutions resulting in permanent injunctions and final judgments against various nursing facilities compelling better care for elderly and disabled residents.

Watch NAPIPA Co-Founders Paul Jhin and Charles Huang on NBC!

On August 4, 2015 NAPIPA President Paul Jhin and co-founder Charles Huang appeared on NBC program "Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa" to discuss NAPIPA and domestic violence within the API community.


Please click on the links below to see the two segments.


Segment 1 with Paul Jhin and Charles Huang:!/on-air/community/The-National-Asian-Pacific-Islander-Prosecutors-Association-on-Asian-Pacific-America/320660022


Segment 2 with Paul Jhin and Milpitas Police Officer Tara James:!/on-air/community/Officer-Tara-James-on-Asian-Pacific-America/320656702


NAPIPA would like to thank NBC Bay Area, Lance Lew, and Robert Handa for having us on!

Congratulations to NAPIPA Member and 2015 Prosecutor of the Year Julian Recana on his Judicial Appointment!

Julian Recana (right) being presented with the NAPIPA Prosecutor of the Year Award by Santa Cruz District Attorney Jeffrey Rosell

Congratulations to NAPIPA member and 2015 Prosecutor of the Year Julian Recana on his appointment to the Los Angeles Superior Court by Governor Jerry Brown on July 16, 2015.  Recana, 45, of Signal Hill, has served as a deputy district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office since 1999. He was a contract attorney at Early, Maslach, Price and Baukol in 1999.  Recana earned a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley.  Recana has tried over 70 jury trials including murder, domestic violence, sex crimes, and gang related offenses.  In 2014 Recana was honored with the Association of Deputy District Attorneys Prosecutor of the Month Award for his successful work in a robbery-homicide trial and also received the California Journal for Filipino Americans Community Leadership Award.  He fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on July 1, 2014.  

NAPIPA Welcomes Our Fifth Chapter: San Diego!

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming our fifth chapter in San Diego, CA!


President Beth Carino (Deputy Attorney General)

Vice President Parag Agrawal (Deputy Attorney General)

Treasurer Brandon Kimura (Assistant US Attorney)

Secretary Nick Honda (Deputy District Attorney)

Board Members: Mark Cumba, Melissa Ocampo, Arlene Sevidal, Jon Tangonan, Stacy Tyler, Fanny Yu

NAPIPA Welcomes New Member, Ramsey County Attorney John J. Choi

NAPIPA would like to give a warm welcome to our newest member - Ramsey County Attorney John J. Choi (St. Paul, Minnesota).  On January 6, 2015, John was sworn in for his second term as the Chief Prosecutor for Ramsey County.  NAPIPA is extremely proud to have John join the organization.  Please read this nice article about John and his second term from the Saint Paul Pioneer Press:

NAPIPA Article in CDAA's Prosecutor's Brief: Diversity in the Prosecutor's Office

Congratulations to NAPIPA members Edward Liang, Sandip Patel, and Hanley Chew for their article in CDAA's Prosecutor's Brief re: NAPIPA and Diversity in the Prosecutor's Office!  For the full article please see Prosecutor's Brief Vol. 37, No. 1 (Fall 2014).

NAPIPA Is Proud to Announce We Are Now a National Associate of NAPABA!

We are very proud to announce that we are now a National Associate of NAPABA!


NAPABA is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students.  It represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 66 state and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. 
Their mission statement closely follows ours.  They are the national voice for the API legal profession, they seek to promote justice, equity and opportunity for APIs, and they foster professional development, legal scholarship, advocacy, and community involvement.
NAPIPA remains a fully autonomous organization, and our goals and mission statement remain the same.  
Membership in NAPIPA includes membership in NAPABA for no additional fee.
We look forward to working with NAPABA in furthering our mutual interests in the promotion of justice and API attorneys.  

Congratulations to AUSA & NAPIPA Board Member Pamela Chen on Her Confirmation as US Federal District Court Judge!

March 6, 2013 – The National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association (“NAPIPA”) applauds the confirmation of Pamela K. Chen (NAPIPA New York Chapter Board Member) to serve as a federal district court judge in the Eastern District of New York. On March 4, 2013, the United States Senate confirmed Pamela Chen to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. “We are so proud of her,” said Kin Ng, National Board Member of NAPIPA. “Intelligent, fair, and honest, there is no one who epitomizes the ideals of true justice for all and who is more respected in the criminal justice arena than her.” Ms. Chen is a board member of NAPIPA’s Regional Chapter in New York. “NAPIPA is delighted to learn that one of our own, Pamela Chen, has been confirmed to serve on the federal bench of the Eastern District of New York,” said Charlie Huang, President NAPIPA. “Ms. Chen is the first Chinese-American female Article III judge outside of California and the second-ever Chinese-American female federal judge in U.S. history. NAPIPA applauds President Obama for his continued commitment to diversity within the Federal Judiciary.” 

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