Legal Initiatives for Vietnam's mission is to build a democratic society in Vietnam through independent journalism, research, and education.

LIV is a nonprofit, nonpartisian organization registered as a 501(c)(3) legal entity in California, United States in January 2017. However, the organization started operating in 2014 as a small project with four founding members including Trinh Huu Long, Tran Quynh-Vi, Pham Doan Trang, and Truong Tu Minh, focusing on a legal magazine, which is now our core program called Luật Khoa.

Meet our team members

Trinh Huu Long: co-director, based in Taipei, Taiwan. He started his career in 2008 as a legal counsel for some companies in Hanoi, and became a democracy advocate and journalist in 2011. Since then, 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 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.

Tran Quynh-Vi: 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. She is now specialized in United States' constitutional law and Vietnam's criminal justice, and she is a strong advocate for the abolition of the death penalty. In 2021, Vi has been 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, working for various media outlets such as VnExpress, VietNamNet, 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. Besides working as an editor for LIV, she was also the leading author of the Liberal Publishing House and has published many books in political and legal affairs in Vietnam. As a result of her excellence and contribution, Reporters Without Borders awarded her with the Press Freedom Award in 2019. She was arrested by the Vietnamese authorities in October 2020 and is charged with “conducting propaganda against the state.”

And 12 other team members who are editors, staff writers, administrators, and volunteers.