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Aiesha Sojourner

M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Externship Experience
May-August 2021
Legislative Animal Welfare at the Humane Society of the United States
Aiesha Sojourner

As a Legislative Intern at the Humane Society Legislative Fund, I watched and took notes on many Congressional and Senate Floor hearings, providing me with in-depth insight into the legislative process. I gained invaluable knowledge on the detailed process of animal advocacy on a large scale. Learning to write policy documents, along with research skills and the diverse topics from other students in the MAPP program, granted me the proficiency to aid staff with various projects throughout the summer, and create my own eco-friendly, animal welfare bill. Through the research I did during MAPP and the policy knowledge I acquired at Tufts, I was able to create supporting documents for the Big Cat Public Safety Act, transportation/ infrastructure and wildlife crossings bills, among other pending legislation; write to congress members and speak to their staff regarding issues like support to reverse the decision from last congress to delist grey wolves.

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