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Karem Muksed

UChicago Obama Scholars 2022-2023


Mental Health Professional and Refugee and Immigrant Advocate





Karem Muksed grew up in Iraq and fled to the United States as a refugee when he was a child. This experience formed his deep commitment to advocating for immigrant rights and providing mental health support to refugees. Karem has previously worked at the Illinois Migrant Education Program and the National Immigrant Justice Center, conducting outreach to migrant farmworkers and legal advocacy for unaccompanied minors. He is a therapist in training at the The Family Institute of Northwestern University, where he provides therapy to groups and individuals facing challenges such as anxiety, chronic thoughts of suicide, depression, self-harming behaviors and intense emotions.

Karem is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Chicago’s Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice.