Niku Jafarnia

Niku Jafarnia

Topol Fellow
Internship Funding Recipient
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Niku Jafarnia is a fourth-year joint law and public policy student at Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School focused on the intersection of refugee rights, armed conflict, and counterterrorism. She has been working with migrant communities for nine years, and has provided legal assistance to refugee and asylum-seeking populations in Turkey, Greece, Kenya, Jordan, and the U.S. Additionally, she has conducted research regarding the effects of the Muslim Ban on refugee resettlement and assisted the HLS Immigration and Refugee Clinic in drafting amicus briefs to the Ninth Circuit and the Supreme Court regarding the Muslim Ban. 

She is currently working on research related to the impacts of EU counterterrorism policy on Middle Eastern refugees, and is working with a team at HLS to analyze how open-source intelligence can be better utilized in analyzing the humanitarian impact of airstrikes in Yemen. She has served as the Co-President of both Harvard Immigration Project and the Middle East Law Student Association and was an editor for Harvard Kennedy School’s Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy. Prior to graduate school, she lived in Turkey for three years and was a Fulbright grantee for two of those years.