Kathleen Kim Speaks for Local Victims Without a Voice

The Loyola Law School professor, a member of the Los Angeles Police Commission, studies human trafficking

Why she does it: My parents came to this country admiring the freedom it provides people to realize their own potential, so I went to law school to represent immigrants. L.A. has the largest number of undocumented individuals in the country, and they are highly vulnerable to being exploited.

Her greatest challenge: Even in our diverse city, there are a lot of people who are anti-immigrant. We hear complaints from the community about the LAPD protecting illegal aliens, but local law enforcement has to focus on protecting residents. They’re not immigration enforcers.

Her ten-year plan: I want our police department to be the leader on immigration policy. We ought to show the rest of California and the country how progressive measures should be implemented.