Sophia Tan joined ELC in September 2019 as an Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellow. Her work focuses on reducing the barriers that immigrant and refugee students, students identified as English learners, and parents with limited English proficiency face when accessing public education. Sophia will provide representation of students and families, training for parents and community partners, and advocacy for the educational rights of students and families who do not speak English as a native language.
Sophia graduated in 2019 with a law degree from the Duke University School of Law and a master’s in public policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy. While studying at Duke, Sophia interned at Children’s Rights, a national advocacy group in New York; Advocates for Children’s Services, a statewide project of Legal Aid of North Carolina; and the Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C. She also worked in Durham through the Youth Justice Project at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and as a student in the Civil Justice and Children’s Law clinics at Duke Law.
Prior to studying at Duke, Sophia worked in Philadelphia as an office manager at a bilingual preschool and a grant writer in an education nonprofit supporting underserved students and families. She appreciates the opportunity to support the education of students and families in her hometown.