Fiona Ji-Hoo Kim ’22: Internship, Law School, and Relentless Advocacy for Sexual Assault Victims

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Fiona Ji-Hoo Kim 22 spent most of her teenage years training to become an Olympic figure skater. She travels to South Korea every summer to train 12 hours a day. Then a torn Achilles tendon derailed his dream. “Around the time I was injured, I was sexually assaulted, shares Kim, an international criminal justice specialist. “Aggression became one of the driving forces that solidified my position to work in the criminal justice system and become a lawyer. I was determined to get into John Jay. I knew that in college I could acquire the skills to become a strong advocate for victims of sexual assault.

In April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Kim shares how her research, internship and future law studies are helping her prepare to speak out against injustice and stand up for others.

“I knew that in college I could learn the skills to become a strong advocate for victims of sexual assault.” —Fiona Ji-Hoo Kim

Become a lawyer
“Being able to specialize in international criminal justice and learn more about gender issues and advocacy was so important to me,” Kim says. “A lot of courses have taught me about the field of justice, legal systems and the impact of laws on different groups of people. Being able to learn how men and women from different nations are viewed in different legal systems, and the different obstacles they encounter, had such a profound impact on me and led to my flagship project on digital sex crimes in South Korea.

“Being able to learn how men and women from different nations are viewed in different legal systems, and the different barriers they face, had such a profound impact on me and led to my flagship project on digital sex crimes in Korea. from South.” —Fiona Ji-Hoo Kim

State Supreme Court and Law School Internship
Through the College Pre-Law Institute Kim was able to prepare for her future, learn more about what it takes to get into law school, explore different legal career paths, and obtain experiential learning opportunities, such as a judicial internship with the Honorable Judge Carmen Velasquez ’84. “The Honorable Justice Velasquez’s internship last fall was a unique and powerful experience. It brought me closer to the professional world I want to be in,” Kim says. “I could see lawyers talking to each other, seeing justice in action and asking questions. It was such a surreal moment that I felt dazzled. It showed me that this is where I want to be. I was extremely grateful for this opportunity.

As graduation approaches, Kim is excited about her future. “After graduating from Brooklyn Law School, I want my career to focus on helping and empowering victims of sex crimes and gender-based violence,” Kim says. “I know that with the knowledge I have gained at John Jay, both inside and outside the classroom, I will be a powerful voice in the legal field, an ally for different communities and an effective advocate for those in need. »


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