Olga Tomchin will challenge the inhumane treatment of indigent transgender people in immigration detention and improve their access to quality deportation defense representation.
Tomchin is a 2013 graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law. While in law school, she served as a law clerk with the East Bay Community Law Center’s Immigration Practice Unit, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the Transgender Law Center; co-director of the school’s chapter of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project; and was commentary editor for the Berkeley Journal of Law, Gender & Justice. Her article, “Bodies & Bureaucracy: Legal Sex Classification and Marriage-Based Immigration for Trans People,” will be published in the forthcoming issue of the California Law Review. Tomchin received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, in International Relations from the University of Southern California.