Marie Claire Tran-Leung
Staff Attorney, Housing Justice
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Marie Claire Tran-Leung is a staff attorney with the housing justice team. She advocates on behalf of low-income people to reduce unfair barriers to affordable housing for people with criminal records. She most recently authored When Discretion Means Denial: A National Perspective on Criminal Records in Federally Subsidized Housing, which highlighted the common housing obstacles that people encounter after being involved with the criminal justice system. She engages in policy advocacy at the federal level and also provides technical assistance on these issues to a variety of legal service organizations and community organizations across the country. In 2010, she was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship for a project to increase the use of the Fair Housing Act to challenge barriers to obtaining housing for people with criminal records.