Legal Assistant

Anisa was born and raised in Arizona and joined the Florence Project in August 2018. Prior to joining the Florence Project Adult Team she was a Youth Program Coordinator and interim-manager at ICAN, a non-profit youth center in Chandler, AZ. Anisa received her BS from Northern Arizona University in Criminology and Criminal Justice, with a minor in Spanish. She is currently finishing Graduate School and expects to graduate with an MA in Social Justice and Human Rights from ASU in December 2018. Her experiences of working in the non-profit sector have led her to become passionate about working with vulnerable communities. After graduating from NAU she spent many years working with homeless families and at-risk youth. While at ASU she spent two years interning at various organizations in Arizona and abroad. She interned with the Phoenix Dream Center and spent time working with survivors of human and sex trafficking. She then traveled to Winneba, Ghana to intern for Challenging Heights to assist with improving the reintegration services for children who had been rescued from human trafficking. She spent time interning at the International Refugee Committee in Arizona by teaching citizenship classes to prospective U.S. citizens, before she traveled to Athens, Greece to support two organizations (Caritas Hellas and Welcommon) in their efforts to provide social services to refugees in all stages of the asylum and resettlement processes. She volunteers with Human Borders to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border to maintain water stations on routes used by migrants making the perilous journey by foot to the U.S. Anisa is proud to now be a part of a team that is committed to supporting individuals who are facing deportation, and fighting against the unjust system that has been created to strip people of their humanity and forget about their existence. In her free time, Anisa enjoys hiking, traveling, spending as much time as possible in Mexico, and taking her dogs (Koa and Capone) to meet new friends at the dog park.