Farida El Hefni

Farida is the Policy Assistant at IRAP. In this role she provides administrative and programmatic support to IRAP’s policy and communications work. Prior to joining IRAP, Farida was a Policy Fellow at Legal Momentum, the Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund. As an undergraduate student, Farida worked at a local community center in Athens, Greece assisting refugees seeking asylum in Europe with a particular focus on vulnerable populations. 

During the spring of 2018, Farida was a visiting student at the American University of Beirut. It was during this time that she worked as a Research Intern at the European Center for Democracy and Human Rights, where she researched and drafted extensive reports regarding violations of medical impartiality. While in Lebanon, she conducted fieldwork for her Honors Thesis on the complexities of identity among second-generation Palestinian refugees living in Beirut’s refugee camps; she was awarded the Gerald E. Williams Memorial Prize for Culture & Communications for her work.

Farida holds a B.A. in Anthropology and History from the University of Rochester. Her first language is Arabic and she has volunteered as a translator and an ESL instructor for Arabic speaking populations.