HAP celebrates the appointment of Ms. Sophia Vuelo as a Ramsey County District County Judge becoming the first Hmong appointed judge to serve Minnesota



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Mai Moua, Ph.D. 

Chief Operating Officer – (651) 495-1517 – maim@hmong.org 

December 6, 2017 

maim@hmong.org 

HAP CELEBRATES THE APPOINTMENT OF MS. SOPHIA VUELO AS THE FIRST JUDGE OF HMONG DESCENT TO SERVE MINNESOTA 

Saint Paul, MN- Hmong American Partnership (HAP) celebrates the appointment of Ms. Sophia Vuelo as a Ramsey County District County Judge becoming the first Hmong appointed judge in Minnesota and only the third judge of Hmong descent in the nation. Appointing Ms. Vuelo to the Second Judicial District demonstrates the Hmong population’s ability make invaluable contributions to the community. 

“Ms. Vuelo has demonstrated a true commitment to public service throughout her career and is well deserved of this appointment,” recognizes Bao Vang, President and CEO of HAP. “We are always proud to see a member of our community break through the many obstacles of disparity facing the refugee and immigrant community. Achieving this position shows the potential our community has and inspires the next generation.” 

Founded in 1990 to serve the rapidly growing population of Hmong immigrants and refugees, HAP sees this appointment as another indicator of the progress the community has made. Today, over 67,000 Hmong live in the Twin Cities, which has the largest urban concentration of Hmong in the country. 

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HAP is a community development organization whose mission is: to empower the community to embrace the strengths of our cultures while achieving our potential. HAP provides critical services and support to more than 15,000 community members annually. For more information about HAP and its programs, please visit www.hmong.org.