2021 Tillman Scholar

Sara Kamouni

Military Spouse
Harvard University

“It’s not easy building a life in a new country. As a lawyer, I want to provide my fellow immigrants with the compassionate, collaborative representation everyone deserves.”

Sara began her career as a journalist, but found herself hungry to serve others more directly. So, motivated by her own British-Moroccan roots, she decided to redirect her career towards advocating for immigrants, and left her job to work with families released from immigration custody at the U.S.-Mexico border.

When her spouse’s military service later took them to the deep South, Sara was determined to continue doing the work, and lent her experience to a local organization developing its own program for people released from immigration detention. She also threw herself into volunteering in immigration legal services, and learned she had a knack for building rapport  with clients. The experience of working with impacted communities and learning from experienced, tenacious advocates reaffirmed Sara’s deep commitment to public service, and inspired her to apply to go to law school. Now, she is excited to soon begin her studies at Harvard in fall 2021.