Departmental Office of Civil Rights
Office of the Secretary, U. S. Department of Transportation
Washington, DC 20590
Prior to joining DOT, Deeana Jang served as Chief of the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section in the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. She led the Section to develop and implement a comprehensive program of technical assistance and training, leading inter-agency working groups, developing policy guidance, conducting community outreach and education, and conducting complaint investigations and compliance reviews to ensure compliance with cross-cutting civil rights statutes and executive orders that prohibit discrimination in federally assisted and federally conducted activities. Her prior federal service included working as a Senior Civil Rights Analyst at the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she led efforts to ensure that persons with limited English skills can access health and human services programs.
In addition to her federal service, Deeana worked as a legal services attorney representing survivors of domestic abuse in family court and working to advance public policies to address health disparities, to expand access to health care and social services, and to provide relief to immigrant women who are victims of gender-based violence. She has been recognized for her work by the National Immigration Law Center, State Bar of California Legal Services Section, Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition, and the Family Violence Prevention Fund. She has testified before Congress and is a frequent speaker and trainer for a variety of stakeholders including advocates, health care providers, attorneys, students, judicial officers, law enforcement officers, and community members. She is one of the founders of the Asian Women’s Shelter, the first shelter in the San Francisco Bay Area designed to meet the specific needs of low-income Asian immigrant victims of domestic violence and their children.
Deeana received her B.A. in English and Mass Communications from Oberlin College and her J.D. from the University of California, Davis.