American University Washington College of Law in Washington
Laila Ayub is currently pursuing her J.D. at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. Born and raised in the D.C. suburbs, Laila took advantage of space to voice herself politically at a young age. Campaign organizing provided an outlet for Laila to channel the desire to influence the issues that felt most relevant to her having grown up as the child of Afghan refugees. Seeking out and building community is the norm for Laila, having grown up in an area that was not particularly diverse and for that reason being used to seeing the American Muslim community as a diverse and widespread group. Most drawn to doing on the ground work, Laila has continued to do so in different capacities, working in youth civic education and volunteering to interpret for Spanish speaking legal clients. Laila is spending her summer providing direct legal services in partnership with community organizations that focus on worker’s rights in New York City, where she works primarily with immigrant workers. At school, Laila is involved in the International Refugee Assistance Project, and a member of the international human rights impact litigation clinic. Outside of school, Laila finds time to connect with others in a different way through freelance and volunteer portrait photography.
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