TIDE Pro Bono Coordinator
510.587.9696 ext. 323
eden silva jequinto learned the power of education, organizing, and cultural work from her/their/zir migrant Pilipinx family and the predominantly Third World communities that raised her/them/zir. eden graduated from UC, Santa Cruz with a BA in American Studies in 2004 and moved to Oakland, CA where she/they/ze worked as a core member of EastSide Arts Alliance (ESAA). At ESAA, eden founded the Guerilla Youth Theatre Project and the Leadership Program, training youth into lead teachers. eden worked with intergenerational Third World grassroots groups and nonprofits, supporting campaigns through guerilla theatre, healing work, and systemic analyses, before returning to Los Angeles in 2011.
After earning her/their/zir MA in Urban Planning at UCLA in 2013, eden graduated from UCLA School of Law in 2016 as a student in both the Critical Race Studies program and the Epstein Public Interest Law and Policy program. In Los Angeles, eden organized with grassroots movements centering the leadership of indigenous, black, queer, trans, house-less, youth, migrant folx sin papeles y sin miedo (no papers, no fear) against state surveillance/violence/settlements and for community self-determination. Since graduating from law school, eden worked at the Eviction Defense Center in Oakland defending tenants facing eviction throughout Alameda County. eden looks forward to meeting the urgent need for legal services for transgender and gender nonconforming migrants through TLC’s Trans Immigrant Defense Effort (TIDE).