Cathy Sakimura is a Staff Attorney and Director of the Family Protection Project at the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), where she works to improve access to family law services for low-income LGBT parents and their children, with a focus on increasing services to families of color. The Family Protection Project provides free legal information to low-income LGBT parents and their children; trains and supports attorneys providing free and low-cost services to these families; and works in coalition with organizations serving communities of color to provide culturally competent services to families of color. She also works on NCLR’s litigation docket, particularly on family-related cases.
Cathy joined NCLR in 2006 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow. She received her J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law in 2006 and her B.A. from Stanford University in 2001. Prior to law school, she worked at Gay-Straight Alliance Network, where she empowered young people to combat harassment in their schools and participated in a multi-organization project linking work against homophobia with work against racism in schools. Cathy was also previously a member of the Board of Directors of COLAGE, a national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents. In 2012, she was named one of the Best LGBT Lawyers under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association.