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Aneesa Patwary


Aneesa Patwary, MPP'19, is a data analyst with the Lawndale Christian Legal Center, an organization in Chicago that provides North Lawndale opportunity youth, 24 and under, with community-based holistic legal services.

While at Harris Public Policy, Patwary worked as a research assistant for Professor Chris Blattman on a project regarding vote-buying in Uganda and was a member of student group Muslim Affairs and Public Policy. In summer 2018, she interned with the Cook County Board of Commissioners in Commissioner García’s office, focusing on legislation at the county level regarding immigration, criminal justice reform, and protecting the rights of underserved communities. 

Patwary holds an undergraduate degree in international affairs and economics from George Washington University. During this time, she worked as a legislative intern in the office of US Senator Carl Levin, volunteered as an English teacher in Kırklareli, Turkey with the Federation of Balkan American Associations, and volunteered with the AmeriCorps program Jumpstart in the Washington, DC, area. Patwary also completed an internship at the US Department of State's Office of International Religious Freedom and at the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.