Connecticut, US

Soohyun is an Associate at Fragomen’s Toronto office, where she provides immigration services to a range of corporate clients. She helps to connect top talent around the globe with some of the fastest growing areas of the Canadian economy. With a focus on NAFTA professionals and intra-company transferees, Soohyun has assisted clients with employer compliance audits, Labour Market Impact Assessments, and short and long-term immigration strategies.

Soohyun supports clients from various industries, including pharmaceutical, information technology, engineering, environment, food and beverage, and management consulting.

Prior to joining Fragomen, Soohyun practiced immigration and refugee law at an immigration law firm in Toronto. She represented clients before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; and the Federal Court.

Soohyun is often consulted by the media for her experience with Korean-Canadian immigration and refugee issues, and has been interviewed by various media outlets such as Elle Canada, The Walrus and CBC regarding North Korean refugee and human rights issues.

In addition to her immigration services background, Soohyun is a published author and award-winning cellist. Her collection of essays and reviews in Korean was the official selection at the 1995 International Book Expo, and was designated recommended reading by the Korean Ministry of Culture.

As a human rights advocate and Korean translator, Soohyun identified a subject for a North Korean defector memoir, and facilitated the book’s creation, from start to finish, including her work as translator, media representative and liaison with agents and publishers. The book, Stars Between the Sun and Moon, has been featured by international media outlets such as The New York Times, and at the 52nd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, where she served as the official interpreter for the author’s testimony.

Soohyun’s extensive pro bono advocacy experience includes assisting with the first-ever testimonies on women and children’s rights to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She also serves as the Advisory Lawyer in Canadian immigration law to the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto. She also served as an Executive Board Member and Director of Communications for HanVoice, the largest Canadian advocacy organization for North Korean human rights and refugee issues.

Soohyun speaks English and Korean, and is a professional Korean translator and interpreter.


University of Toronto | Juris Doctor, 2010
New England Conservatory of Music | Bachelor of Music, 2006


Ivy Maynier Bursary, University of Toronto, 2007     

Four-year merit-based full tuition scholarship, New England Conservatory of Music, 2006

Dean's List, New England Conservatory of Music, 2002 to 2005

The Korean Honor Scholarship, The Embassy of the Republic of Korea, 2005

Korean-Canadian Scholarship Foundation Award, 2004

Prime Minister’s Award, Republic of Korea, 1993

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario)

Court Admissions: Ontario Superior Court of Justice; Court of Appeal for Ontario

Member, Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Citizenship and Immigration Law Section

Member, CBA, Citizenship and Immigration Law Section, Citizenship Working Group

Member, CBA, Citizenship and Immigration Law Section, User Interface Working Group

In her role as Special Consultant on the Triage Pilot Project at the Refugee Law Office of Legal Aid Ontario, Soohyun handled more than 90 high-stakes refugee claims over four months, enabling solutions that preserved client interest, the integrity of the process and the Legal Aid Ontario mandate.

Publications and Lectures

Canadian Representative, 17th Future Leaders’ Conference, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, Seoul, South Korea, 2014.

Translator, “North Korean Defector Is Right to Be Wrong.” Daily Beast, 2015.

Translator, Stars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman's Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom. W.W. Norton and Company Inc., October 2015 (U.S. edition) and Douglas & McIntyre, October 2014 (Canadian edition).

Author, 내가 찾은 보물/The Treasures I Have Found (다섯수레/Five Carts: Seoul), 1995.