Betty Hung and Set Rongkilyo talk about DACA and the struggle for rights for all undocumented immigrants. They discuss the tremendous organizing power of undocumented individuals, how Asian Americans have not been vocal enough, and the moral imperative for Christians to support the undocumented. (Intro: Out of the Nest)
Betty Hung is a long-time social justice lawyer based in Los Angeles 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 was part of the legal team that supported the leadership of Dream Team LA, which conceived of and led the victorious campaign for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). She also helped to co-found the multiracial College for All Coalition that won California statewide legislation providing $240 million dollars to support diversity, inclusion, and equity in the K-12 through University of California (UC) graduation pipeline. Betty previously was the policy director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles and the Employment Unit Directing Attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, and also was a member of the national campaign team of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Betty serves on the boards of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), CLEAN Carwash Worker Center, Economic Roundtable, and National Lawyer Guild-Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.
- Set Hernandez Rongkilyo is an undocumented immigrant filmmaker and community organizer whose roots come from Bicol, Philippines. They are the fruit of their parents’ sacrifices, their siblings’ resilience, and their community’s support. Since 2010, Set has been involved in organizing efforts around migrant justice issues such as education equity for undocumented students, administrative relief and deportation defense, driver’s license and healthcare access for undocumented Californians, and community building with Asian undocumented youth and Pilipino migrants in Los Angeles. Set’s short films have been televised, featured, and awarded in film festivals across the U.S. They are currently working on projects that explore the criminalization of immigrant communities as well as the connection between immigrant rights and disability rights. Set is the Assistant Editor and Impact Producer for PJ Raval’s award-winning documentary, Call Her Ganda, which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Currently, they are the Impact Videos Producer at the California Immigrant Policy Center. Set is a 2018 Firelight Impact Producer Fellow, 2017 Soros Justice Fellow, and 2016 at land’s edge Fellow. In their spare time, Set can be found writing poetry, playing the piano, or imagining alternate realities for their community.