Gabo Dam

Gabo Dam

Legal Assistant

My commitment to advocating for and working with immigrants has been informed by my early experiences as a Vietnamese boat refugee. Until recently, I have worked in higher education helping students of color and first generation students with college access and supporting them to succeed once they matriculated. Access to higher education can profoundly change the lives of disadvantaged students.

Knowledgeable legal advice and assistance also can have a huge impact on people’s lives. As part of my graduate field work on Vietnamese boat refugees in Hong Kong, I worked at a refugee legal aid organization that successfully sued the government for the indefinite detention of the boat refugees and secured their release under Habeas Corpus. The passion and commitment of these refugees’ rights attorneys still inspire my commitment to work for a more just and equitable community for all.

University of Washington, Graduate Program in Human Geography, 1996-2000
Graduate Field Work on Vietnamese boat refugees in Hong Kong, 1997
Yale-China Chinese Language Centre, Advanced Intensive Study in Chinese Reading, 1997
Brown University, A.B., International Relations, 1993.
Yale-China Chinese Language Centre, Certificate in Mandarin as a Second Language, 1992

Assistant Director of Admission; Admission Officer; Admission Evaluator, Brown University, 1993-1996; 2013-2017
Lead Academic Counselor; University of Washington, 2001-2002
Implemented and managed different programs for diversity and equity for Women in Science and Engineering, University of Washington, 1998-2000
Graduate Fellow, Center for the Study of Demography and Ecology, University of Washington, 1996-1998

Volunteer Fellow, Whatcom Civil Rights Project, 2020–current
Volunteer Interpreter and Researcher for Refugee Concern (Legal Aid), Hong Kong, 1997

National Lawyers Guild