Legal Initiatives for Vietnam's (LIV) mission is to build a democratic society in Vietnam through independent journalism, research, and education.
LIV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization registered as a 501(c)(3) legal entity in California, United States in January 2017. Founded by Trinh Huu Long, Tran Quynh-Vi, Pham Doan Trang, and Truong Tu Minh in 2014, the organization started as a small legal publication, which has now become its core program called Luật Khoa.
Meet Our Team
Trinh Huu Long: co-founder and co-director based in Taipei, Taiwan. Aside from being a member of LIV's leadership, he is in charge of Luat Khoa Magazine, a Vietnamese publication covering Vietnam’s law and politics. He began his career in 2008 as a legal counsel for some companies in Hanoi and became a democracy advocate and journalist in 2011. He has worked for various media and human rights organizations such as Tia Sáng magazine (2011-2012), Tuổi Trẻ newspaper (2012), VOICE (2013-2016), and the International Commission of Jurists (2014). He has a background in law and Asia-Pacific studies, specializing in Vietnam's constitutional law, freedom of expression, internet freedom, and criminal justice, as well as Taiwan's democratization. He has written and translated several books in politics and has been an author of the Vietnam Chapter of Freedom House’s Freedom on the Net reports since 2021.
Tran Quynh-Vi: co-founder and co-director, based in California, United States. She was a litigation lawyer in Menlo Park and San Jose, California before becoming a democracy advocate and journalist in 2015. Apart from being a member of LIV's leadership, she is in charge of The Vietnamese Magazine, an English publication covering Vietnam’s law and politics, and advocacy. She specializes in Vietnam's freedom of expression and criminal justice, and is also a strong advocate for the abolition of the death penalty. In 2021, Vi was accepted as a Democracy and Human Rights Service Fellow at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD).
Pham Doan Trang: editor, based in Vietnam. She is one of the most prominent journalists in Vietnam and has worked for various media outlets such as VnExpress, VietNamNet, and Phap luat TP. Ho Chi Minh since 2000. She became a democracy activist in the early 2010s and has been involved in various social movements and educational activities. Aside from working as an editor for LIV, she was also the leading author of the Liberal Publishing House and has written many books on political and legal affairs in Vietnam. As a result of her excellence and contribution, Reporters Without Borders awarded her the Press Freedom Award in 2019. She was arrested by Vietnamese authorities in October 2020 and was sentenced to nine years of imprisonment for “spreading propaganda against the state.”
And 12 other team members who are editors, staff writers, administrators, and volunteers.