Host organization: Transgender Law Center
Ola Osaze will build regional networks of advocates to combat the ways in which Black LGBTQ immigrants are harmed by the criminal justice and immigration enforcement systems in the United States
Ola Osaze most recently served as National Organizer at the Transgender Law Center. He is a Nigerian immigrant with over ten years’ experience in resource development, community organizing, and program management, working for such organizations as The Opportunity Agenda, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Queers for Economic Justice, and CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities. As a community activist, Osaze co-founded TransJustice at the Audre Lorde Project in New York City and was involved with Uhuru Wazobia, one of the first LGBT groups for African immigrants in New York. He is a 2015 Voices of Our Nations Arts Fellow, and his writing has appeared in a range of publications and platforms, including Black Public Media, Black Girl Dangerous, Queer African Reader, Queer Africa II, and Qzine: The Creative Writing Issue. He holds a BA from University of North Carolina at Charlotte and an MEd from Manhattanville College.