Christine Lin is the Director of Training & Technical Assistance at the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) based at the University of California College of the Law, San Francisco, and has taught in the Refugee & Human Rights Clinic. Her research on the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan and the advocacy of local autonomy led her to pursue a career in international human rights law advocating for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees.
As a Visiting Scholar at The George Washington University’s Sigur Center for Asian Studies, Ms. Lin is examining the coalescing of a Taiwanese American identity and U.S.-Taiwan relations. She is also researching the role of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in non-Refugee Convention signatory states and examining the protection of asylum seekers in Taiwan. She previously published on Taiwanese Americans' political views in the United States and the status of Taiwan.
A founding member of the Immigrant Health Equity and Legal Partnerships (ImmHELP), a medical-legal collaboration of attorneys and health professionals, Ms. Lin has an interest in the impact of intergenerational trauma and trauma-informed legal representation.
Previously, Ms. Lin served as the Legal Director of Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre, an associate at a private immigration law firm, and an Attorney Advisor with the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. She has taught in refugee legal aid clinics at the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
She is on the board of the Taiwanese American Professionals, San Francisco (TAP-SF) and an Advocacy Coordinator for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Northern California Chapter.
Ms. Lin received her J.D. from American University, her Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, and her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.