Pearl Kim has been working on facilitating the reporting of hate crimes and bias incidents towards the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities. She is currently a pro bono prosecutor and was recently recognized by Rutgers Law School for her outstanding dedication to the AAPI Community. She also spent time practicing immigration law by representing clients of domestic violence or gang violence for various forms of relief in Immigration Courts including Asylum and the Protection under the Convention Against Torture.
In 2018, Pearl Kim was the Republican candidate for US Congress during the midterm elections in Pennsylvania. Her candidacy garnered national media attention, and she had the opportunity to interview or contribute to major news outlets that include CNN, MSNBC, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and BBC, as well as local newspaper and radio.
Prior to that Ms. Kim was appointed to the Executive Office of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. Formerly an Assistant District Attorney in the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, Ms. Kim was Chief of the Human Trafficking Unit in the Special Victims and Domestic Violence Division. As a special victims unit prosecutor, Ms. Kim handled Protection From Abuse matters, child physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, rape, human trafficking, and Internet Crimes Against Children cases.
Ms. Kim served on the Joint State Government Commission & Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking and reported back to the PA Senate any recommendations for changes in state law, policies, and procedures and ultimately secured the first trafficking of persons conviction under Pennsylvania’s trafficking statute.
Governor Corbett and Governor Wolf appointed Pearl Kim to the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American
Bar Association of Pennsylvania and The Clery Center. The American Bar Association awarded Ms. Kim the Norm Maleng Minister of Justice Award for her efforts as a special victims prosecutor, and she was the recipient of the Government Attorney of the Year Award by the Pennsylvania Bar Association in 2015. Ms. Kim obtained her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law where she was the recipient of the Villanova Achievement Scholarship and received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College.