Isabel Bussarakum: Arthur Liman Public Interest Law Fellowisabel.firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 530
Isabel Bussarakum is an Arthur Liman Public Interest Law Fellow at the RDP. She provides holistic legal services to participants of the LEAD program. Isabel graduated recently from Yale Law School in 2011. While in law school, she worked on criminal appeals through the New Haven Legal Assistance Clinic, and co-authored a report on garment workers' rights in Cambodia through the Allan K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. Prior to law school, Isabel graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University in 2007, and worked at the Equal Rights Center, a non-profit civil rights organization in Washington, D.C.
Lisa Daugaard: Supervisorlisa.email@example.com ext. 549
Lisa Daugaard supervises the RDP. Lisa has been a felony and misdemeanor lawyer at the Defender Association, and supervised its misdemeanor division from 2002-2006. In 1999, as a staff attorney, she led the successful defense of hundreds of activists falsely arrested during the WTO demonstrations. Prior to becoming a public defender in 1996, she directed the Urban Justice Center Organizing Project and was Legal Director of the Coalition for the Homeless, both in New York City. She was also a fellow at the ACLU National Legal Department, where she helped to coordinate the successful campaign and litigation to shut down the internment camp for HIV+ Haitian refugees at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Lisa graduated from the University of Washington in 1983, obtained an M.A. in Government from Cornell University in 1987, and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1992.
Anita Khandelwal: Volunteer Attorneyanita.firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 748
Anita Khandelwal was a staff attorney at the RDP, and is now a research and writing attorney at the Federal Public Defender of the Western District of Washington. Anita was a Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow at the RDP from 2009-2011 and prior to that, served as a staff attorney at The Defender Association. Prior to coming to the Defender Association, Anita was a Relman Civil Rights Fellow, and clerked both in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and for Judge William Wayne Justice in the Western District of Texas. She graduated cum laude in Anthropology and History from Yale University in 1998, received her M.A. in Anthropology in 2002 from Columbia University, and received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2005.
Kris Nyrop: Program Directorkris.email@example.com ext. 595
Kris Nyrop is the LEAD Program Director for the RDP. He was the Executive Director of Street Outreach Services in Seattle from 1997-2007. Prior to that he worked for the Washington State Department of Health, Public Health - Seattle & King County, and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington. He has been an instructor in Anthropology at the University of Washington and Tacoma Community College and in 2008 was the O'Donnell Visiting Professor at Whitman College. Kris was the project ethnographer for the Vancouver Injection Drug User Study from 1997 to 1999. He has worked as an outreach worker, researcher, and trainer in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention, hepatitis C prevention, syringe exchange, harm reduction, and drug policy reform. Additionally, he has consulted with projects throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada, Russia, and the Republic of Georgia.
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Hong Tran: Staff Attorney
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Hong Tran is a staff attorney at the RDP. Hong brings 20 years of legal experience in both criminal defense and civil legal aid to her work at the RDP. Prior to joining the RDP, Hong served as a staff attorney at The Defender Association for four years, a staff attorney and volunteer coordinator at The Unemployment Law Project between 2006-2008, a staff attorney and advocacy coordinator at the Northwest Justice Project between 1996-2006, and a staff attorney at the Spokane Legal Services from 1995-1996. Between 1993-1994, Hong was the Clifton W. Everett Fellow at the Legal Services fo the Blue Ridge in Boone, North Carolina. Throughout her diverse career, Hong has represented individuals in felony and misdemeanor trials, unemployment proceedings, landlord-tenant actions, as well as public benefits, consumer law, family law, and immigration matters. Hong received her B.A. from Agnes Scott College in 1988, and her J.D. from University Utah College of Law in 1992.
Racial Equity Advisory Board
The Racial Equity Advisory Board meets monthly, and provides critical feedback and advice to the RDP to ensure that it carries out its mission. The RDP is grateful to the Board for its support and guidance. Board Members include: