Anika Forrest leads FCNL’s immigration and refugee policy program. By integrating her knowledge of the legislative process, political advocacy, and public policy reform, she is working to protect the rights of all immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants.
Most recently, 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.
Prior to her legal career, Anika was an admission counselor and a co-coordinator of multicultural recruitment for the Office of Admission at Haverford College.
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.
Anika’s experiences with Quakerism at Westtown School and Haverford College profoundly anchor her resolution to seek dignity, justice, and protection for vulnerable communities. As a first-generation American, Anika is unapologetically committed to advancing community-engaged movements that will cultivate equitable, humane, and inclusive systems.