P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Xuan Hong Tran, 2017

JD, Yale University

Xuan Hong Tran is an immigrant from Viet Nam

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law and Policy at Yale University

Born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City, Xuan Hong Thi Tran lived the legacy of wars through the experience of their own family, which inspired them to pursue a career in law and community service. After college, Hong provided legal help to immigrants through a number of organizations including the Federal Immigration Appeals Project, Immigrant Justice Corps, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs clinics. During law school, Hong helped challenge immigrant detention with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative in Jena, Louisiana and with CARA in Dilley, Texas, as well as working with immigrants in Taoyuan, Taiwan. Hong continues to provide pro bono representation in various areas such as immigration, reproductive justice, climate equity, and qualified immunity in their current position as an attorney with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. These, along with LGBTQIA+ advocacy and support for military families, are causes close to their heart.

Hong graduated from Yale University with distinction in religious studies and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. At Yale Law School, Hong served as a Yale Law Journal editor, the student director of the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project, co-president of Outlaws, and co-chair of the Political Action Committee of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. Hong speaks Vietnamese, Mandarin Chinese, and French, and is conversational in Tibetan, Indonesian, and Arabic. 

  • Xuan Hong Tran GIF
  • BA | Yale University 2014
  • JD Law and Policy | Yale University
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation Presidential Scholarship | 2017
  • Phi Beta Kappa | 2014
  • Nani Deb Memorial Prize in Asian Religions | 2014
Work History
  • Immigrant Justice Corps, Inaugural Community Fellow | September 2014 - June 2016
  • New York City Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, Certified Interpreter | April 2015 - June 2016
  • Federal Immigration Appeals Project, Legal Assistant | June 2014 - August 2014
  • Syrian American Rescue Network - Education and Development Committee, Secretary | October 2016
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