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Sheerine Alemzadeh

2021–2024 Fellow: Healing to Action

Sheerine Alemzadeh is the co-founder and co-director of Healing to Action, a grassroots organization whose mission is to end gender-based violence through building the leadership and collective power of the communities most impacted. Sheerine collaborates with survivor leaders across Chicago to ignite innovative, community-sustained strategies to address the endemic rates of gender-based violence in low-income, Black, indigenous, people of color, immigrant, LGBTQ and disability communities. 

In 2011, Sheerine received the Skadden Fellowship to pilot a project focused on achieving workplace justice for survivors of sexual violence. In addition to litigating sexual harassment, sexual assault, and civil rights cases, she co-founded the Coalition Against Workplace Sexual Violence, a collaboration between rape crisis agencies, civil rights organizations, workers centers, and government agencies. Prior to co-founding Healing to Action, she clerked on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Sheerine currently co-teaches a seminar on international women’s human rights at Northwestern University Law School. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. The proud daughter of Iranian immigrants, Sheerine is a native of Virginia but now calls Chicago home.

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