Traveling While Trans: Strategies for Assuring Safety in Travel and Understanding Legal Rights before TSA, CBP, and U.S. Immigration Officials

Join a conversation about what to expect when traveling domestically and internationally and the obstacles encountered by transgender individuals. Come learn about your legal rights and remedies when flying by air, how to prepare for the airport, and what to do if you experience discrimination while traveling. Participants will also leave with an understanding of how to change the name/gender on travel documents and file complaints against CBP/TSA, what to do if their immigration documents don’t match their home country’s passport, and updates to federal law and policy.

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About the presenters

Elizabeth Pinolini

Elizabeth Pinolini is an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Whitman-Walker Health in Washington DC, a community health center offering transgender, primary, and HIV healthcare; mental health and addiction services; and legal services. As a Fellow, she is committed to helping the trans and gender non-conforming communities by providing direct legal services, free of charge, on matters related to employment discrimination, immigration relief, name changes, and updating the gender designation on identity documents. Elizabeth earned her law degree at American University Washington College of Law.

Olivia Hunt

Olivia Hunt is in-house legal counsel to a biotechnology company in Bethesda, Maryland. She is also an advocate and activist for transgender civil rights. In 2015 and 2016 she served as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow at Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, DC, and she is a longtime volunteer with Transgender Legal Advocates of Washington (TransLAW). Through both organizations, she has dedicated herself to serving DC’s transgender population. Olivia has also worked in the fields of international election law and municipal law, and has a background in International Relations.

Luc Athayde-Rizzaro

As Policy Counsel at the National Center for Transgender Equality, Luc advocates to ensure transgender people can access life-affirming, nondiscriminatory health care at the federal and state level. He is also a Steering Committee member of TransLAW, an organization supporting transgender people in the DC area to update their identification documents. A Brazilian native, Luc now calls Maryland home and is a proud human husband and cat parent. He earned his Law degree from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, and has an LL.M from American University Washington College of Law.

Sandy James

Sandy James is a Staff Attorney at FreeState Justice. He represents clients in civil legal matters and conducts policy advocacy and education and outreach work. Previously, Sandy was the Research Director at the National Center for Transgender Equality and lead author of The Report of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey. In that role, he led a research team in conducting the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey. Sandy has worked on numerous projects involving trans- and LGBQ-related legislation, policy, and research. He earned a J.D. and a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University.