August 5, 2019
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Clarissa has been interested in immigration and refugee issues since volunteering at asylum homes in her teens. At lawschool, she has had the privilege of supporting noncitizens facing legal proceedings and other challenges through Harvard’s International Human Rights Clinic, Immigration and Refugee Clinic, and Crimmigration Clinic. She also worked on asylum applications with the International Refugee Assistance Project and immigration-related targeted litigation with the ACLU Litigation Project. Clarissa spent her summers during lawschool interning at UNHCR’s Geneva and Amman offices. She looks forward to continuing this work in Nairobi next year, where her focus will be refugee resettlement.
Prior to law school, Clarissa worked as a research specialist at NYU in Abu Dhabi, interned at the International Rescue Committee in New York, and graduated from NYU with a BA (Hons) in International Relations.