Olga Tomchin, Soros Justice Fellow
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Through a Soros Justice Fellowship, Olga Tomchin has started an immigration detention project at Transgender Law Center. The project will advocate for the human rights of transgender people in immigration detention, particularly undocumented trans women of color.
Olga will work to change problematic policies in immigration detention centers in the western U.S. such as housing trans women with men, locking trans people away in solitary confinement on the basis of their gender identity, sexual humiliation and abuse, and denial of necessary medical care and gendered items. The project also aims to increase the capacity of immigration attorneys to effectively represent detained trans immigrants with cultural competency to fight against deportation and for release from detention.