Iga Szlendak is a rising senior at Barnard College, where she is pursuing a BA in political science and human rights. Throughout her work and leadership, Iga has exemplified commitment to advocating for the expansion of access to justice and equity. She has previously interned at the Legal Aid Society in New York City as a Liman Public Interest Law Fellow, where she supported attorneys in providing aid to indigent defendant-appellants challenging their convictions on direct appeal. Iga also volunteers with prison reform groups and co-presides over the Barnard Criminal Justice Initiative, a student-run organization aimed at educating and mobilizing students as activists in the field of criminal justice reform, including providing direct services to local organizations challenging mass incarceration. She has also conducted research on bordering practices and migration control, examining the influence of economic inequality on immigration detention policy. After graduating, Iga plans to pursue a law degree.
Updated May 2020
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