Doreen Govari is a Legal Fellow on the Youth Justice team at the National Center for Youth Law. She works with community groups and impacted youth in California to divest resources from youth incarceration, fund youth development programs, and build community capacity.
Doreen graduated from UCLA Law with a specialization in Critical Race Studies and the Epstein Program in Public Interest Law & Policy. As a law student, she was the lead writer for the UCLA Law Criminal Justice Program's Youth Justice Navigator project, conducting legal research and interviews with members of the youth justice system including probation staff, public defenders, and impacted youths. She also worked on felony cases with the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office as a certified law student to represent clients in felony bail hearings. Prior to law school, Doreen taught English abroad for two years and graduated with highest honors from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017.
In her free time she enjoys traveling, thrifting, and Thai takeout.