Beyond the Domestic Realm: Using International Human Rights Mechanisms to Hold the U.S. Accountable for Racial Injustice in the Child Welfare System
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM Wed
Makena Mugambi is an Advocacy & Policy Fellow at Children’s Rights. She works on projects seeking to end policies and practices that contribute to ongoing harm to Black families entangled in the child welfare system. Prior to joining the Advocacy & Policy Department, Makena completed CR’s two-year paralegal program. She graduated from New York University in 2020 with a B.A. in Politics and Environmental Studies and a minor in Spanish.
While at NYU, Makena supported Leave it Better Foundation’s environmental and mental health educational programming for youth in NYC, advocated for environmental protections for Black and Brown communities in NYC with The Black Institute, and helped evaluate programs designed to support youth in the juvenile legal system with NYU’s R.I.S.E. Lab. She is passionate about dismantling systems that perpetuate racial injustice and building strong, well-resourced communities.