lorilei w.


executive director

The Resilient Advocates Collective’s founder and executive director, lorilei w. (they/them), is a transgender nonbinary Korean-American immigration attorney, artist, and abolitionist with more than 15 years of experience working with migrants in nonprofit and advocacy spaces. They have conducted training sessions and presented on panels on their approaches to legal advocacy since 2013 when they began their career as an attorney for detained unaccompanied migrant children. lorilei used their own personal experiences of migration and violence, and their professional experiences in business and science, to develop a replicable approach to legal practice that is both trauma-informed and strategic. lorilei’s work resulted in numerous proven successes, from innovative approaches to volunteer management in high-volume, rapid response legal projects to community-driven group advocacy and impact litigation efforts. The Resilient Advocates Collective is an evolution of lorilei’s work providing training, coaching, and consulting services to legal services organizations on their proven approaches to advocacy and practice management. lorilei grew up in various countries – Germany, Mexico, and the Philippines – as the child of a Korean sex worker and white American soldier. lorilei witnessed first hand the impacts of US foreign policy and the military industrial complex on Indigenous peoples around the world, leading them to commit to promoting justice, equity, self-determination, and belonging for Indigenous people and the global majority. ​lorilei is admitted to the state bars of New York and Texas, the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, and the Southern and Eastern Federal District Courts of New York. They are a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and the University of Maryland. lorilei is also an alum of the Robert H. Smith School of Business’s Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) Honors Program, a multidisciplinary program through which they studied systems thinking, project management, organizational design, and marketing. lorilei lives in Houston, Texas, on lands originally tended by a number of Indigenous nations, including the Karankawa, Coahuiltecan, Atakapa-Ishak, and the Sana.

Contact Info

Work Phone: 7137028362

Work Email: lorilei@resilientadvocacy.org

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