Tasha Hill is LGBTQ rights staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California’s LGBTQ, Gender & Reproductive Justice Project.
Tasha conducts legal advocacy, public education, policy advocacy and litigation concerning problems LGBTQ people encounter in the criminal justice system. This includes work with California police and county sheriff’s departments to reduce discriminatory profiling of LGBTQ people, as well as discriminatory conditions of confinement for LGBTQ people in county jails and state prisons. Tasha also provides “Know Your Rights” information and trainings to at-risk LGBTQ people, including youth, transgender women, people of color and gay men.
Tasha brings substantial professional advocacy experience to her work with LGBTQ populations, having served for over a decade in deputy and executive director positions for LGBTQ organizations in Las Vegas, Colorado Springs and Washington, D.C.
Tasha is a 2014 graduate of the UCLA School of Law and holds a Masters of Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in law school she co-founded the Criminal Justice Society, which was instrumental in bringing a California prison parole curriculum to UCLA; won the Williams Institute Moot Court competition (including the award for Best Oral Advocate); and served as editor-in-chief of the Dukeminier Awards Journal.
During her law school summers, Tasha interned for Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Southern California’s LGBTQ Project, focusing on criminal justice issues and equal marriage.
Tasha’s publications include: Inmates’ Need for Federally Funded Lawyers: How the Prison Litigation Reform Act, Casey, and Iqbal Combine With Implicit Bias to Eviscerate Inmate Civil Rights, 62 UCLA L. Rev. 176 (2015); Transgender Military Inmates’ Legal and Constitutional Rights to Medical Care in Prisons: Serious Medical Need Versus Military Necessity, 39 Vermont L. Rev. 411 (2014); and, Sexual Abuse in California Prisons: How the California Rape Shield Fails the Most Vulnerable Populations, 21 UCLA Women’s L.J. 89 (2014).
Tasha was the 2015-2016 Berkeley Law Foundation Fellow, working at ACLU So Cal. Prior to her fellowship, Tasha clerked for the Honorable Douglas F. McCormick of the Central District of California.
Tasha’s pronouns are She/Her/Hers.