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Emma Morgenstern L’19

Emma is a less-than-hardy New Englander who hails from southern Maine. After venturing slightly south, she graduated from Tufts University with majors in International Relations and French. She then attended the London School of Economics, obtaining a master’s degree in Human Rights. Her dissertation focused on the employment of human rights and feminist rhetoric in women’s NGOs in Palestine and Israel. Passionate about systemic injustice and working to understand oppressive structures, Emma joined an immigration law firm in Boston as a paralegal, handling employment and family-based consular processing cases.

Emma then spent time in Ramallah, Palestine, helping to craft the gender advocacy strategy for Sharek Youth Forum, a local NGO. Since returning from the West Bank, she has been working with the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project in Portland, Maine, using her experience to help asylum seekers and refugees with their green card applications.

At Penn, Emma is working to gain skills in providing legal services to the refugee and asylum-seeker communities while continuing to focus on issues of gender and systemic inequality. She is involved with pro bono work for International Refugee Assistance Project and the Penn Law Immigrants’ Rights Project, and is a member of Penn Law Palestine Solidarity and the National Lawyers’ Guild. Emma looks forward to spend this summer working with Reprieve’s Secret Prisons team in London, furthering government accountability and working to ensure compliance with international and humanitarian laws.

In her free time, Emma enjoys eating other people’s vegetarian cooking and debating international, social, and popular culture issues with friends.