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Our 2016 Interns


Our dedicated interns have an impressive array of legal, policy, and educational experience that has enhanced TLPI's ability to administer quality programming in Indian country. 


Tribal Coalitions Sexual Assault & Sex Trafficking T/TA Project
Chantal Cong-Huyen

Chantal Cong-Huyen graduated from UCLA in March 2016 majoring in Art History and minoring in Geography. She has focused her undergraduate education around the abstract complexities of visual culture, the constructs of cultural landscape onto physical ones, and the socio-economic importance of art. She particularly looks at how Native/indigenous peoples express their changing worldview, the impacts of colonialism and cultural identity in Central and South America as well as Southeast Asia. She has worked with the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics, the UCLA Departments of English and Writing Programs, the Gagosian Gallery and Tribal Law and Policy Institute. During her internship at TLPI, she helped develop the sex trafficking victim directory for the tribal coalitions.

Tribal Coalitions Sexual Assault & Sex Trafficking T/TA Project
Olivia Young

Olivia Young served as an undergraduate intern for the Tribal Law and Policy Institute. While at TLPI, Olivia helped develop the victim services directory and compiled sex-trafficking victim resources as part of the Tribal Coalitions Sexual Assault & Sex Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Project. Olivia is a 4th year undergraduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is studying Psychology and plans to attend law school after graduation, focusing on public interest law. Prior to serving at TLPI, Olivia worked as an intern at the Public Defender’s Office in Santa Barbara.

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Melissa  Solway

Melissa Solway is currently working towards a B.A in American Indian Studies with a minor in Public Policy at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). During her time at UCLA, Melissa has focused her work on issues of domestic violence against Native American women. Melissa has also studied the beneftis of incorporating cultural practices, such as storytelling, in the domestic violence healing process. Upon graduation, Melissa intends to apply to UCLA's Public Policy and Public Health programs in order to be able to one day work with  tribal governments within the state of California in order help create policies that serve Native American women impacted by domestic violence.

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