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Alli Gattari

2023-2024 UChicago Obama Scholars


Volunteer Coordinator, The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights


Chicago, IL



Enhancing support for unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in government custody, while expanding access to community-based resources.

Alli Gattari has focused her career on advocating for the rights of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children. At The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, she develops trainings and areas of support for volunteers and works to expand the organization's capacity to serve young people in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). In her prior role at the National Immigrant Justice Center, Alli supported unaccompanied immigrant children on their immigration cases, helping them overcome systemic barriers and connecting them to vital community resources. Alli hopes to use the Scholars program to launch an initiative that supports children recently released from ORR custody and helps them navigate U.S. social service systems.

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