Once Ochi’s parents had their deportation orders overturned with the help of ACLU lawyers, the family returned to East Los Angeles.
During the 1980s, Ochi was tapped by the Japanese American Citizens League to help with the redress campaign.
She was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, becoming the first Asian American woman to serve at the assistant attorney general level.
Upon her return to Los Angeles, she was appointed to the LAPD Police Commission as the first Asian American woman police commissioner.
In 2002, she became the executive director of the California Forensic Science Institute at California State University, Los Angeles.