Emem DuPuis Maurus is a Tijuana-based attorney with the Transgender Law Center, where they provide legal assistance and other basic humanitarian services to LGBTQ asylum seekers in Mexico, and after they cross to the United States. Emem previously served as a Staff Attorney helping to run a daily clinic in Tijuana with Al Otro Lado, a legal and humanitarian support services organization.
Prior to moving to Mexico, Emem was a public defender at the Office of the Public Defenders of Essex County and Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. Emem also worked for the National Lawyers Guild, providing legal representation to people arrested as part of Occupy Wall Street and coordinating the legal support to the movement. They continued on as part of the Mass Defense Committee and have assisted with mass defense response in various locations, most recently in Standing Rock.
Emem also volunteered for many years with the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, and Queers for Economic Justice. Emem has been faculty at numerous Continuing Legal Education courses related to mass defense and other topics. The received two Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of Washington and a law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Emen is currently slowly making their way through an LLM program at New York University.