Marady Chhim

Finalist!

Education

University of California, Davis, 2019
Major: Sociology, with a focus on Social Services

As a college graduate, I spent the past 3 years organizing with local grassroots organizations, such as the Asian Law Caucus, Asian Prisoner Support Committee, and currently with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. I focused on anti-deportation organizing within the Bay Area since there were rapid ICE raids on the Southeast Asian community. I worked on building relationships with the detained and incarcerated community members and organized over 10 individual freedom campaigns. I wrote bond petitions, created phone banking toolkits, and facilitated letter-writing events. All of this helped build community power, trust, and ultimately supported each person’s release from ICE detention.