Avatara Smith-Carrington

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Avatara Smith-Carrington (they/them) is an attorney and the current Tyron Garner Memorial Law Fellow at Lambda Legal. As the Tyron Garner Memorial Law Fellow, Avatara’s work centers LGBTQ BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/People of Color) and BIPOC living with HIV.

Most recently, Avatara was part of the legal team that secured the release of two asylum seekers living with HIV who were detained at an ICE detention facility in eastern Texas; and they worked on the case In re Anderson, which led to the removal of an anti-transgender exclusion from a Colorado group health plan.

Prior to joining Lambda Legal as a Fellow, Avatara was the 2018-2019 Linda Kennedy Fellow in Advocacy at the Homeless Persons Representation Project, interned with Whitman-Walker Health, and was an Access to Justice Tech Fellow at the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. Prior to entering law school, Avatara worked as a digital campaigner at Planned Parenthood Action Fund in Washington, D.C.

Avatara serves as a Board Member on the Advisory Board of the Kairos Fellowship, which is designed to build the next generation of leaders in the field of civic tech, digital campaigning, and online organizing. And Avatara worked as a Researcher on the Institute of Technology Law & Policy project on algorithmic fairness and disability rights at Georgetown University Law.

Avatara received their B.A. from Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey and their J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. They are licensed to practice law in the state of Maryland.