Hussain Turk received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Kalamazoo College, where he majored in Political Science and Women’s Studies. He then went on to attend UCLA School of Law on a full-tuition scholarship where he earned a certificate in Critical Race Studies and served as Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law (JINEL).
After graduation, he began his legal career as a Staff Attorney at the Los Angeles HIV Law & Policy Project (LA HLPP) where he provided direct legal aid to under-resourced people living with HIV throughout Los Angeles County. While at LA HLPP, Mr. Turk played an essential role in the statewide campaign to reform criminal penalties surrounding HIV transmission by testifying before the State legislature on the public health benefits of Senate Bill 239, which was signed into law on January 1, 2018. Mr. Turk then went on to serve as LA HLPP’s interim director. After LA HLPP closed its doors in June of 2018, Mr. Turk transitioned into private practice and accepted a position with prominent civil rights, employment discrimination, and sexual assault firm in Los Angeles. There, Mr. Turk prosecuted several high-profile sexual assaults, sexual harassment, and discrimination disputes against large corporations, celebrities, politicians, and major ride-sharing companies.
In September of 2019, Mr. Turk established his own practice, which focuses exclusively on gender identity and sexual orientation-based employment discrimination and civil rights disputes. Mr. Turk joined the Barkhordarian Law Firm in May of 2021, where he is excited to continue fighting for the rights of employees and survivors of sexual harassment. In his spare time, Mr. Turk maintains a thriving pro bono practice representing South and Central American LGBT asylum seekers in removal proceedings.