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Eleanor Mammen L’25

Eleanor Mammen L’25

Eleanor is originally from New York City and graduated from Scripps College in 2020 with a degree in American Studies. While at Scripps, she helped run a hotline that provides resources and support for student survivors of sexual assault. She also interned at PEN America’s Prison Writing Program and the Urban Justice Center’s Sex Workers Project, both in New York, where she worked directly with incarcerated people, sex workers, and survivors of trafficking.

Her experience at the Sex Workers Project inspired her undergraduate senior thesis, which examined legal responses to sex work in New York City, many of which further criminalize and stigmatize sex workers without addressing their self-identified needs. She also researched the burgeoning movement to decriminalize sex work in New York State. After graduating, she worked in a variety of roles, including as a campaign organizer and as an Urban Fellow with the City of New York.

Eleanor’s experiences working directly with people impacted by the criminal legal system informs her pursuit of a legal career. She hopes to combine a career in direct legal services with policy advocacy to end excessive punishment and defend the rights of those who are impacted by the carceral system.