Zaatari Refugee Camp
Harris Public Policy students visited Zaatari refugee camp as part of the 2018 Pearson International Conflict Seminar to Jordan, where they met with Syrian refugees leading NGO programming within the camp.
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Research and Policy
Pearson Fellow Alum
Laura Benrey, MPP'20, is a peace and recovery consultant with Innovations for Poverty Action, where she is focused on leveraging best practices and gaps in the literature of forced migration to inform the creation of a funding grant from the UK’s Department of International Development.
While at Harris Public Policy, Benrey co-edited a white paper for the Inter-Policy School Summit to be published by the Aspen Institute and worked as a teaching assistant for the course "International Environmental Policy." In summer 2019 she served as a Fellow with the Cook County Government's Economic Development Bureau and interned with Innovations for Poverty Action.
Prior to her time at the University of Chicago, Benrey worked as a legal case worker with Kentucky Refugee Ministries, where she helped refugees and asylum-seekers navigate the federal government’s evolving policy regarding refugee family reunification. She also completed an internship with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, where she researched a State Department-funded Trafficking in Persons Report.
Benrey holds an undergraduate degree in international affairs from the University of Cincinnati.
Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.