Anika Forrest leads the Friends Committee on National Legislation’s migration policy program. Prior to this role, Anika was the legislative aide for Philadelphia Councilmember Helen Gym. There she worked to address immigrant detention, deportation, racial economic disparities, and housing insecurity. Her foreign policy background includes working with USAID, the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Juridical Committee, and the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, D.C. Additionally, she served as a legal advisor and program lead at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy, a conflict transformation and diplomacy organization.
Anika is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Temple University Beasley School of Law. There she instructs a law and public policy course, and a diversity, equity, and inclusion professional development seminar. Anika holds a J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law and a B.A. in Sociology from Davidson College.