Interests: Immigration, public policy, criminal justice
Rika Gorn is a second-year student in the NYU Wagner/Skirball MPA-MA in Hebrew and Judaic Studies program. After graduating from college in 2008, Rika worked as Program Director at COJECO, a nonprofit organization that provides social services and aid to immigrants from the Former Soviet Union. At COJECO, Rika managed projects at 14 different city agencies and community centers and provided regular trainings in Germany, Russia, and Israel. After interning at the Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP), Rika turned her sights to working at the intersection of immigration, human rights, and criminal justice reform. She chose to enroll in the MPA-MA program because it perfectly melded the academic rigor of policy analysis with the opportunity to learn more about immigrant communities both in the United States and abroad. Rika is currently a policy intern at the Vera Institute of Justice, working at the Center for Immigrant and Justice. In addition, Rika is a co-chair of the Students for Criminal Justice Reform (SCJR) group at Wagner and a Peer Advisor to orient and guide incoming students into the Wagner community. Rika is honored to be a Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women (JFEW) Fellow.