Kathleen C. Kim, Professor of Law

Professor of Law

Courses Taught

  • Torts
  • Immigration Law
  • Human Trafficking Seminar



  • BA, with high distinction, University of Michigan
  • JD, Stanford Law School


Professor Kathleen Kim is a nationally-recognized expert on immigration and human trafficking.  Her scholarship investigates the intersection of immigration law, workplace rights, civil rights and the 13th Amendment, and has addressed, among other things, the law’s response to coercion in the context of human trafficking and the exploitation of undocumented workers.  She is co-author of the first casebook on human trafficking.

Before joining the Loyola faculty, Professor Kim pioneered civil litigation on behalf of human trafficking survivors at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco. She launched and directed the Human Trafficking Project as a Skadden Fellow, the first of its kind to focus on the civil rights of trafficked individuals to receive monetary compensation for the abuse of forced labor. In 2005, she became the inaugural Immigrants’ Rights Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School.  In addition to her teaching and scholarship, Professor Kim continues to provide technical assistance in human trafficking civil cases around the country.  She currently co-directs the Anti-Trafficking Litigation Assistance and Support Team and was a gubernatorial appointee to the California Alliance to Combat Trafficking and Slavery.  In 2013, she was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Commission.   

Selected Scholarship

Other Publications

  • Human Trafficking Law & Policy (LexisNexis) (2014).
  • Introduction: Perspectives on Immigration Reform, 44 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 1323 (2011).
  • Civil Litigation on Behalf of Victims of Human Trafficking, Third Edition, (2008) (co-author).
  • Conversations with Two Anti-Trafficking Advocates, 1 Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal 31 (2009) (co-author).

Representative Academic Presentations

  • Presenter, “Beyond Coercion,” University of California Irvine Immigration Colloquium, Irvine, California (November 15, 2012)
  • Keynote Speaker, “Lessons in Anti-trafficking Lawyering,” Whittier Law Review Symposium, Costa Mesa, California (November 2, 2012)
  • Panelist, “Debate on Proposition 35,” Stanford University, Stanford, California (October 23, 2012)
  • Dinner Speaker, “Human Trafficking,” National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Western Regional Annual Conference, Huntington Beach, California (August 25, 2012)
  • Presenter, “Human Trafficking Academy,” St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida (July 16, 2012)
  • Panelist, “Claiming our Rights: Southeast Asian American Communities Making Change through the Law,” Asian Pacific American Law Journal (APALJ), UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, California (April 6, 2012) 

In the News

Public Service

  • Board Member, Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners (2013-present).
  • Board Member, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles (2013-present)
  • Advisory Board Member, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (2012-present)
  • Policy Advisor, Polaris Project (2010-present)
  • Executive Advisory Council Member, Asian Pacific American Legal Center (2008-2013)
  • Board Member, Korean American Bar Association of Southern California (2008-2010)
  • Member, California Alliance to Combat Trafficking and Slavery Task Force (2007-2008)