2016 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Fanna Gamal

Fanna Gamal

Name of Host Organization: East Bay Community Law Center
City, State: Berkeley, California
Issue area: Children/Youth
Sponsors: Arnold & Porter

The Project

Challenge the collateral consequences of school expulsions in Berkeley and Oakland through holistic individual advocacy and local policy reform.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project: 
Each year, hundreds of black and Latino students in Alameda County are referred for expulsion. Even if they are not ultimately expelled, a mere expulsion referral ignites a number of consequences that set youth on a dangerous trajectory. Through direct representation and local policy advocacy, this project works to protect the education and due process rights of students facing expulsion.
The Right Person For This Project: 
Fanna is the right person for the project because:
• Throughout law school, she worked to protect the education rights of vulnerable students through direct representation, policy work, and impact litigation
• Prior to law school, she helped organize education, civil rights and racial justice campaigns at a national level
• As a native of the Bay Area, Fanna believes strongly in community-led organizing and advocacy

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