Social Worker, Criminal Defense Practice
Aileen Kim first joined Brooklyn Defender Services in September of 2014 as a second-year MSW intern for the Criminal Defense Practice. She received her Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University’s School of Social Work in May of 2015. In the following fall, she was honored to officially join the Criminal Defense Social Work Team at BDS.
During the initial year of her MSW program, Aileen worked at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in the Bronx. While at Fannie Lou, Aileen provided individual and group therapy to 11th and 12th graders, the majority of whom were youth of color. Additionally, she worked with the counseling staff, students, and teachers to implement restorative justice practices in their schools. She partnered with an 11th grade student to create and facilitate restorative justice circles on racism and colorism in the high school.
Prior to entering the world of social work, Aileen worked at Project Hospitality in the North Shore of Staten Island, NY. There she worked directly under the Executive Director as the Special Projects Coordinator and later, the Interim Director of Community Outreach. She also co-facilitated the youth organizing group, EyeOpeners Youth Against Violence.
Aileen graduated cum laude with a B.A. from Amherst College, where she double majored in French and Sociology. As a Brooklyn native and a child of Korean immigrants, she is proud to work with the resilient members of the Brooklyn/New York City community.