Home Town: Atascadero, California
Education: BA in South & Southeast Asian Studies and Human Rights, UC Berkeley
Specific Field Interests: Human Rights, Labor Rights
Placement: MEDHA, Lucknow
Area of Focus: Livelihood
Highlights: Marissa's academic work focused on human trafficking and forced labor, and culminated in her senior thesis that analyzed international labor standards and forced labor in the carpet industry of Uttar Pradesh. She worked with the UC Berkeley Public Service Center as the Minh Dang Fellow for Human Rights and served as the President of Berkeley Anti-Trafficking Coalition. She interned for the U.S. Department of State's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, researching human trafficking in South and Central Asia, as well as the U.S. House of Representatives. Marissa was first introduced to India as a summer fellow for Tata Steel Global Wires where she worked on the development of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives for women's empowerment in rural Maharashtra. This was then followed by an academic-year long Hindi language fellowship at the American Institute of Indian Studies in Jaipur, where she studied Advanced Hindi and volunteered at a local women's shelter. Most recently, Marissa worked as the Anti-Trafficking Intern at a non-profit focusing on Asian & Pacific Islander communities af- fected by domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.
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