Joy Chen


Tel (718) 254- 0700 x.155

Joy graduated from Yale University in 2015 with a B.A. in History. She became interested in social justice issues after a summer internship with the Society for Community Organization (SoCO), a nonprofit in Hong Kong focused on grassroots organizing. While at SoCO, Joy spent time in two of Hong Kong’s correctional facilities, interviewing inmates about access to health care and serving as liaison between inmates and other aid organizations. Her interactions with these inmates inspired her to work on issues of social justice at home.

While in school, Joy volunteered at No Closed Doors, a student-run case management agency that assists members of the New Haven community with applications for employment and public benefits. As the external relations director of Yale’s hip-hop dance group, she also organized dance workshops with underserved public schools in the New Haven area.

During the summer of 2014, Joy worked as an Investigative Intern at the Bronx Defenders. The experience, while deeply fulfilling, was too short, and Joy knew that she wanted to continue her investigative career after college. She joined Brooklyn Defender Services as an Investigator in June 2015, and has been honored to work with the Brooklyn community.

Joy is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.