Lauren Richardson
Human Rights Scholar

Lauren Richardson is a third-year JD candidate at New York University School of Law who hopes to use her law degree as a tool for improving the built environment, geographic space, and social determinants of health, particularly for low-income, immigrant and minority populations. Lauren is studying the intersection of health and environmental justice and community development, organizing, and empowerment. She is interested in how human rights and non-legal techniques can strengthen communities and complement legal advocacy. She is a member of the Advanced Immigrant Rights Clinic and a Moelis Fellow for Urban Law and Public Affairs. Lauren has worked in housing court on cases combating evictions and toxic health conditions in homes, for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest to address the health conditions and medical care of undocumented people and detained immigrants, and in the Office of the General Counsel at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She volunteers weekly as a Patient Advocate in the Emergency Department at Bellevue, Manhattan’s safety-net hospital and Level I Trauma Center.  Lauren works on the Human Rights Resilience Project, immigration and community empowerment, and the arts and human rights.

Before moving to New York City for law school, Lauren lived in Botswana and Colombia working on education and public health programs to support young people, and in support of people experiencing homelessness and displacement in Florida. She studied Swahili and international development in Tanzania for a year as a Boren Fellow as an undergraduate and graduated from the University of South Florida in 2014, with a BA in International Relations and BA in Africana Studies. She is originally from the town of Ft. Walton Beach, in the northwest Florida Panhandle.


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