Nicole is a social justice advocate currently working at the Medical Legal Partnership of Hawai`i, a program of the University of Hawai`i William S. Richardson School of Law, in partnership with Kokua Kalihi Valley. In this role, Nicole works on issues related to fair housing, discrimination, language access, and family law in collaboration with health care providers at KKV. Before joining the small but mighty MLP team, Nicole worked for over 10 years with survivors of domestic violence and their families, both in and out of the courtroom. She believes she began her politicization when, as a child, she was told that little girls were to be seen and not heard. Refusing to be invisible, Nicole started to loudly question all forms of authority, which still lands her into trouble (but it’s always worth it). In all of her work, Nicole calls upon her great-grandmother, Toyo Nitani, who travelled from Japan to Hawai`i as a picture bride in 1924.