Sarah Alshawish is a Program Assistant at Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute. Before joining HRI, she served as an AmeriCorps service member for two years in the New York City Mayor’s Office in the areas of accountability and program evaluation. In previous roles, she worked as a clinical research associate at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital and as a bioinformatics researcher at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she co-authored an article on HPV cancer. During her time in the legal non-profit sector, she assisted hard-to-reach communities with issues related to healthcare, housing, family petitions, and asylum. Her experiences have fostered her interest in the expansion of healthcare and economic opportunity and she is inspired by international comprehensive social welfare policies, which she believes reflect a government's commitment to human rights and social justice. Alshawish is currently an MIA student at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, concentrating in Urban and Social Policy and specializing in Management.