Claire Ty was born in Phnom-Penh, Cambodia, and immigrated to France when she was five years old. She graduated from law school at the Universite de droit et the Sciences politiques de Reims, France. She came to the United States in 1995, and earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the Indiana University School of Law. She has been practicing law, especially immigration law, for over 10 years. Presently she works with the largest not for profit law firm in Indiana, Indiana Legal Services. Her extensive experience working with immigrant communities and not-for-profit will be a great asset for the Alliance Française. She has two daughters, Carolyn and Elizabeth.