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Ochantho Am (Cambodia)

By August 18, 20212021 Film Subject

Onchantho Am makes no secret of her humble beginnings. Born and raised in Pinellas County, she’s a child of Cambodian refugees who escaped the Khmer Rouge. When she and her siblings were sadly removed from their parents’ care and placed in the foster system, young Onchantho advocated within the judicial system to have the children reunited under one roof.

 

That experience instilled in her a passion for public service and child advocacy. The first in her family to attend college, she graduated from the University of Florida and received her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law. She is now the vice president of quality and chief legal officer of IMPOWER, Inc., an organization that works to improve the lives of children and families.

 

Outside of work, she has served as president of the Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association, and is active in the local National Association of Asian American Professionals, the Orange County Asian American Committee and the Orange County Bar Association Foundation.

 

At the same time, Onchantho and her French Vietnamese husband are enjoying the experience of raising their three multiracial daughters to become strong, empowered women. “Our family gatherings are akin to the United Nations,” she says, “where all cultures are accepted.”

 

To Onchantho and her family, living in Greater Orlando means immersing themselves in diversity through “acts of service, cultural awareness, and of course food!” She admires the way Central Floridians embrace their cultural differences and the chance to learn more about others.

 

“I always believed in the American Dream,” she declares, “and Central Florida is a great place to achieve it.”

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