Dorian Needham’s interest in asylum and refugee law stems from his time as a Protection Unit Intern with the UNHCR Representation in Japan. After leaving Tokyo for New York in 2011, he came to know Immigration Equality’s phenomenal clients while working as an Associate in the Health Care Group at Ropes & Gray LLP. Having represented these clients in affirmative and defensive proceedings, and having been inspired by their resilience and courage, Dorian joined Immigration Equality full-time as a Staff Attorney in 2014. He was charged with doubling the size of Immigration Equality’s Pro Bono Program, and along the way, he had the privilege of meeting and collaborating with hundreds of dedicated attorneys and service providers from across the country. After accepting a position as Vice President of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs at VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans in 2016, he realized that his passion for Immigration Equality’s work demanded that he stay involved—and he was delighted to be elected to the Board the following year.
Dorian holds degrees in common and civil law from McGill University in Montréal, Canada, and completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University. A proud Canadian, he lives in Jersey City with his American husband.