D Dangaran is a trans femme fairy from Wahiawā, Hawai‘i. A first-generation college graduate, D attended Yale College and Harvard Law School. During law school, they interned at Lawyers for Human Rights in South Africa, GLAD, the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Their student writing and organizing focused on restorative justice, healthcare access for trans people in prison, and Native Hawaiian land reparations.
D is currently a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. This Fall, they will be a Movement Lawyering and Litigation Fellow at Rights Behind Bars, representing trans people in jails, prisons, and immigration detention centers. D is an NTBA Board member and helped to plan this year’s TLI.