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Saba Mengesha

Saba Mengesha

Saba graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received a BA in History. During college, she engaged in several efforts aimed at unraveling entrenched disparities and expanding access to justice for underserved communities. She interned at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, which provides free legal assistance to low-income individuals and families, and UCLA UniCamp, a student-run camp for Los Angeles area youth. Following graduation, Saba continued her work at UCLA UniCamp as a Program Advisor and then Program Director, overseeing camp programming and managing fundraising.

Saba then took the skills she developed to the immigration public interest sphere, first working as a legal and policy researcher at the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, where she focused on unaccompanied minor immigration cases at the state and national level, and in private immigration practice. Saba joins the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School from Human Rights Watch where she managed fundraising, outreach, and advocacy efforts for the Los Angeles Committee around the youth justice system, criminalization of homelessness, and immigration practices and procedures.

These experiences solidified Saba’s belief that persistent and mindful advocacy can have a positive impact on society. Being raised is Saudi Arabia, where information is censored and communications monitored, she is acutely aware of the importance of access to education and information. Saba hopes to continue on the path of providing legal literacy and mindful advocacy for vulnerable populations.

This summer, Saba was a legal intern in the Privacy and Data Governance Unit at the ACLU and served as a Research Assistant for Professor Sarah Paoletti. At Penn Carey Law, she serves as an Associate Editor for The Regulatory Review and for the Journal of Constitutional Law, a Social Chair for MELSA, a Fundraising Chair for BLSA, an Auction Chair for the Equal Justice Foundation, and is a Morris Fellow. Outside of the law school, she serves as a McNulty Nonprofit Board Fellow, providing support and services to nonprofits in Philadelphia. When she is not at the law school, Saba likes to try new restaurants and cuisines, explore music and comedy venues, bake for For Goodness Cakes (a non-profit baking goods for foster youth), and embark on outdoor adventures.