MacArthur Fellows Program

Stewart Kwoh

Human Rights Leader | Class of 1998

Human Rights Leader
Los Angeles, California
50 at time of award

Stewart Kwoh is a human rights leader for the rapidly growing Asian Pacific American population.

Kwoh is director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California (APALC), the largest Asian Pacific legal group in the United States. APALC provides services for over 15,000 individuals per year, including seekers of U.S. citizenship and victims of domestic violence, hate violence, and exploitation. He has also forged a number of significant multiethnic working partnerships, such as a joint dispute-resolution program between the Martin Luther King Dispute Resolution Center and the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center. After the 1992 civil disturbances in Los Angeles, he helped to initiate the L.A. Multicultural Collaborative, a committee of eleven minority organizations dedicated to developing and implementing a comprehensive plan to improve human relations in Los Angeles.

Kwoh has been executive director and president of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center since 1983. He also serves as vice-chair of the board of directors for the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium, which APALC co-founded in 1991.

Kwoh received a B.A. (1970) from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a J.D. (1974) from the University of California, Los Angeles Law School.

Last updated January 1, 2005

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