Asaf Orr, Esq.
Transgender Youth Project Staff Attorney
Asaf Orr joined NCLR in February 2012 as a Staff Attorney working on issues related to families and youth. In July 2015, he was named NCLR’s Transgender Youth Project Staff Attorney. As part of that project, Asaf engages in litigation, public policy, and informal advocacy to safeguard the right of transgender and gender-expansive youth to be affirmed and supported for who they are.
Over the past seven years, he has represented transgender youth and their families in a wide range of legal matters including discrimination in schools, child custody disputes, child abuse and neglect, and access to affirming medical and mental health care. For example, Asaf was the lead attorney in Student v. Arcadia Unified School District, which resulted in an historic resolution agreement acknowledging that Title IX protects transgender kids from discrimination in school. That agreement also lead to the federal government approving a nondiscrimination policy that obligated the district to affirm and respect the gender identity of transgender students, including when accessing restrooms, locker rooms, and sex-separated activities or programs.
Asaf has also provided trainings across the country on the rights of transgender youth to parents, service providers, and other professionals. In addition, he has authored a number of resources on issues affecting transgender youth. Most recently, Asaf was a lead author of Schools in Transition: A Guide to Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools, a publication that assists parents, school administrators, and other stakeholders to collaborate and create a school environment that affirms and supports transgender students.
After graduating magna cum laude from Rutgers School of Law in Newark in 2008, Asaf clerked for The Honorable Virginia A. Long on the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.“
― Nelson Mandela