Pearl Kim currently works as an Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the District Attorney, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, in the Special Victims and Domestic Violence Division. As a special victims unit prosecutor, Ms. Kim handles Protection From Abuse matters, child physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, rape, and Internet Crimes Against Children cases. In an effort to more effectively reach out to underrepresented communities, she was designated the Asian Outreach Liaison.
Ms. Kim was appointed to serve on the Joint State Government Commission's Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking and to report back to the Pennsylvania Senate any recommendations for changes in state law, policies, and procedures. She is a member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania and the American Bar Association. Ms. Kim serves on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs, the Board of Directors for the Pearl S. Buck International, and is on the leadership board for the Villanova Law Minority Alumni Society.
Pearl Kim obtained her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, where she was the recipient of the Villanova Achievement Scholarship, and received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College. Ms. Kim has recently been recognized as one of the 2012 Women of the year, the 2011 Diverse Attorneys of the Year, and the 2011 Lawyer on the Fast Track by the Legal Intelligencer.
Below is an excerpt from Pearl Kim's biographical essay, which will be featured in an edited book that will be published by Bookorea Publishing Company in 2014:
"Look around you. Conservative estimates report that one out of every eight women will be raped in their lifetime; the FBI reports the reality of rape is much closer to one in three. These numbers are not inclusive of the sexual violence where women are coerced, forced, or manipulated into other forms of unwanted sexual activity. And what may be more unsettling than these figures is that the majority of rapists are not deviant sexual offenders, but our friends, family members, coworkers, and members of our church congregations. The myth that rapists are strangers waiting in bushes to attack is purely a societal ploy to deflect responsibility of these heinous crimes to “others” rather than the more numerous perpetrators who surround us.The Department of Justice reports that “Asians were the least likely to experience serious violence,” but we all know that can’t be true. It appears that their sources of data are not correctly reflecting the harm committed upon Asians within our own community."