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Anya Perret L’19

Anya Perret began her career in 2011 as a medical foster care caseworker at the Children’s Aid Society in New York City. She then spent two years developing and teaching early education and parent-child programs at the Hunts Point Alliance for Children in the Bronx, NY and two years as a Child Protective Services Investigator in Seattle, WA. Anya’s insight into the degree to which the legal, social service and healthcare systems fail to meet the needs of – and often directly harm - vulnerable families drives her commitment to social justice lawyering. She hopes to use her degree to help fight for more humane, ethical responses to mental illness, substance abuse, systemic racism and generational poverty. 

At Penn Law, Anya is an Executive Editor of the Journal of Law and Social Change. She chairs Penn’s Chapter of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice and is the student Executive Director of the Custody and Support Assistance Clinic at Philadelphia Legal Assistance. During her 1L and 2L summers, she interned at Columbia Legal Services, the Urban Justice Center’s Mental Health Project, and the Washington State Attorney General’s Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit.

Anya was born and raised on small island in the Pacific Northwest. She earned a Masters of Education in from Hunter College at the City University of New York in 2014 and a Bachelors of Arts from Dartmouth College in 2011.