Tsion Gurmu is the Founder of the Queer Black immigrant project (QBip), a black radical lawyering initiative which provides legal representation to LGBTQIA+ Black immigrants while creating a safe space for clients to resist dominant narratives about race and immigration through storytelling. QBip's mission is to create a systemic response to meet the legal and social needs of LGBTQIA+ Black immigrants while elevating narratives that illuminate global injustices of state-sponsored homophobia and anti-Black racism.
Gurmu is also a Legal fellow for the African Services Committee, where she provides pro bono legal help and social support for black LGBT refugees fleeing anti-homosexuality legislation in their home countries. She focuses on refugees affected by HIV/AIDS.
As well, she travels public speaking, consulting, and working with immigrant communities to dismantle multi-layered systems of oppression. Forbes recognized her as a 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 Law & Policy honoree.
Previously, she was a Human Rights Program Student Coordinator at the University of Chicago and a Middle School Language Arts Instructor for Teach For America. While attending law school, Gurmu was a Student Attorney for the NYU Law Immigrant Rights Clinic.
Gurmu attended the University of Chicago and graduated with a degree in Polical Science and Governemnt and a Minor in Human Rights in 2010. She earned her J.D. in Immigration Law and Human Rights Law in 2015 from the New York University School of Law.
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