Arabi Hassan

2021 Public Interest Grant Recipient

Ms. Hassan is entering her second year at Harvard Law School this fall.  As a first-generation immigrant born and raised in Bangladesh, she is passionate about educating, motivating, and inspiring future generations of immigrant women.  After graduating college, she founded First Gen Empower (FGE), a non-profit organization that provides leadership training, advising, and workshops to prepare first-generation, low-income, and undocumented high school students in California for college.  FGE, which initially started as a year-long program at Van Nuys High School, has since evolved into a non-profit organization that serves students and educators from over 80 high schools and colleges in California. 


Ms. Hassan also worked for Immigrants Rising helping to develop the first national pipeline-to-law program for undocumented immigrants, and interned for Breathe Southern California, a coalition of non-profit organizations and healthcare providers generating support for local and state environmental and health policies.


In law school, Ms. Hassan is Co-President of First Class, a student run organization to support first-generation and low-income students at Harvard.  Ms. Hassan also works on the school’s Human Rights Journal and Journal of Law and Technology.  This summer, Ms. Hassan is working as a WLALA Public Interest Fellow at the ACLU, focusing on immigrant rights issues. Ms. Hassan wants to pursue a career in public interest law in Los Angeles, advocating for robust social, legal, and economic protections for immigrant communities through legislative advocacy and impact litigation.