Brown U immigrant activist killed in Trenton to be honored

Posted Oct. 22, 2010, at 12:53 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:07 p.m.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Brown University doctoral student and immigrant activist who was killed in a Maine car accident earlier this year is scheduled to be honored with a scholarship in her name.

The Brown Immigrants’ Rights Coalition is holding its first “Tam Tran Memorial Scholarship Dinner” Friday to raise money to help an illegal immigrant student to attend any four-year college.

In May, 27-year-old Tam Ngoc Tran of Garden Grove, Calif., and 26-year-old Cinthya Nathalie Felix Perez of Los Angeles were killed in a two-car collision in May when police said a pickup truck veered across the center line.

Tran founded the Brown Immigrants’ Rights Coalition and was a supporter of the proposed federal DREAM Act, which would allow some young illegal immigrants to become legal U.S. residents after spending two years in college or the military if they also meet certain other requirements.