Mieko Failey

Director of Legal Services

Mieko Failey, Esq. is the founding Director of Legal Services at the LGBTQ Center Long Beach where she oversees LBGTQ-specific legal services for the greater Long Beach area, including comprehensive direct legal services to LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, hate violence, and other forms of violence.  From 2011 to 2018, Mieko served in various different legal advocacy roles in the Legal Services Department at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, including as the Supervising Attorney for the department and Manager of the Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project.  Mieko began working in anti-violence in 2007 and has a concentration in LGBTQ anti-violence legal issues.  She has served hundreds of LGBTQ survivors and trained thousands of service providers locally, across the state, and nationally, including judges, court personnel, law enforcement, prosecutors, defense attorneys, private attorneys, mental health providers, physicians, and more.  Mieko has interned for the ACLU of Southern California’s LGBT Student Rights Project and The Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, advocating for those who were wrongfully convicted or unfairly sentenced as juveniles.  Mieko is a recipient of the Post-Graduate Loyola Law School Public Interest Legal Fellowship, which enabled her to provide legal advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ youth survivors of violence.  Mieko currently serves on the Executive Board of the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council where she is Co-Chair of the LGBT DV Issues Committee.  She serves on the Advisory Board of the Family Violence Appellate Project and is a Board Member of the California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ). Mieko serves as regular training faculty for the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence.  She has received awards from Loyola Law School, the LGBT LA Bar Association, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, and The National LGBT Bar Association for her advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ community.  Mieko received her Bachelors in Sociology with highest distinction from UC Berkeley and her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School with a Public Interest Concentration.

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