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Shahinaz Geneid

Criminology and Justice Policy, JD/PhD

Shahinaz Geneid is a JD student at Northeastern University School of Law and PhD student in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. She holds a B.A. in Social Research and Public Policy from New York University Abu Dhabi, where she completed her undergraduate thesis on the legal and policy aspects hindering integration for second-generation Syrian migrants in the United Arab Emirates, primarily focusing on the effects of the UAE’s immigration policy on the first and second generations of the Syrian diaspora. She is broadly interested in human rights and social justice, and her work primarily focuses on the effects of law and policy decisions on historically marginalized individuals and communities, particularly immigrants and racial/ethnic minorities from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. She has recently worked as an external research consultant for NYU Abu Dhabi’s Social Research & Public Policy department on an ethnographic project on the power dynamics between Western expats and domestic workers in the UAE and with Hedayah, the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism, maintaining an online database of research on violent extremism in the MENASA region and abroad. Within the JD program, she has also been actively involved in further social justice work – filing US citizenship paperwork for low-income immigrants with Project Citizenship, supporting protesters as a Legal Observer for the National Lawyers Guild, working with survivors of sexual violence and domestic abuse with the 1L Legal Assistance to Victims program under the Domestic Violence Institute at Northeastern, and recently interning with the ACLU.

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New York University Abu Dhabi Law Society Panel Event, 2021, Graduate Educational Paths into Public Service Law, Presented at NYU Abu Dhabi Career Development Center, University Event

New York University Abu Dhabi Law Society Panel Event, 2020, Applying for Legal Internships, Paralegal Jobs, & Law School as an Undergraduate, Presented at NYU Abu Dhabi Career Development Center, University Event


Massachusetts Bar Foundation Legal Intern Fellowship, April 2021, Public Interest Law Fellowship

Northeastern University School of Law Merit Scholarship, 2020, University Award

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