Anjali Mehta
Human Rights Scholar

Anjali Mehta is a first-year JD candidate at NYU working as a Human Rights Scholar on the American Poverty and Human Rights series and on research relating to arts and human rights with CHRGJ Executive Director Deborah Popowski and Legal Director Nikki Reisch. A professional dancer, Anjali’s passion lies in storytelling and truth seeking as it relates to justice. She is a legal team member of the International Refugee Assistance Project, through which she is currently helping a client navigate the resettlement process in the United States. Additionally, she is a researcher for NYU’s International Criminal Court Moot Court team. In February 2018, she will be co-presenting a workshop exploring the use of movement as a tool for self-awareness and emotional healing along with its use in guiding storytelling techniques for practicing and future lawyers at Yale’s Rebellious Lawyering Conference.

Anjali was introduced to the legal world as an undergraduate intern at the Ministry of Justice in Chile, where she worked with the Department of Human Rights to codify a legal definition of “torture” while remaining truthful to the stories of survivors of the Pinochet regime. In 2016, she served as a Fulbright Fellow in Maceió, Brazil, teaching English and dance to students and exploring the use of storytelling as a mechanism for self-healing. While there, she had the opportunity to work with Centro Universitário CESMAC, a private university, on their legal research regarding Quilombo communities and their right to land. In 2017, she worked with Americans for Immigrant Justice and their Detention and Asylum team, working to use the justice system in order to protect the most vulnerable asylum seekers here in the United States.


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