Kelsey Perry

2013 Public Interest Grant Recipient

Before coming to law school, Kelsey consulted for more than five nonprofits and completed two degrees in Public Health. While completing her Master of Public Health, Kelsey interned at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and completed a systematic review evaluating the impact of social determinants on human trafficking in Southeast Asia. One of her favorite graduate experiences  was her collaboration with the International Rescue Committee and faculty at her alma mater to develop and instruct an undergraduate refugee and migrant health course.


During her 1L summer Kelsey interned with the UNODC in Vienna, Austria, where she performed policy and case law analysis for the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons. She also worked as a research assistant for the Director of USC’s Immigration Clinic, Professor Niels Frenzen. After returning from Austria, she began assisting Bet Tzedek in the development of a client education manual for a new component of its reputed Holocaust Reparations Program. This project has been particularly meaningful to Kelsey as her own family members were involved in the Dutch Underground during World War II, and she is grateful to WLALA for funding the project. Kelsey is looking forward to her 2L year and the opportunity to work in USC’s International Human Rights Clinic and The Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics.