Ms. Koy Saephan is a Mien refugee who came to the United States from Laos at the age of ten. She obtained her college degree from UCLA, and, as a teacher, worked directly with at-risk children in court-ordered community school settings. Among her wide range of experience, she has taught parenting classes to refugees, has raised significant awareness in the Lao, Mien and broader community, about issues such as statutory rape, elder abuse, gang violence, domestic violence and child support issues.
As an active court interpreter and the owner of a language company providing interpreter services to hospitals, courts, law firms and social service agencies working with family and children from diverse backgrounds, she is a daily witness to the barriers our target populations face.
Ms. Saephan is a member of various non-profit and professional organizations including the California Health Interpreters Association (CHIA), California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) and the California Federation of Interpreters.