Anyssa D. Egans: Whittier, CA

Anyssa Egans is an activist, scholar, and aspiring lawyer from Los Angeles, California. She is currently studying Social Work/Pre-Law as a rising senior at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Anyssa is currently an intern for the City of Los Angeles Councilwoman Nury Martinez, 6th District. 

This past summer Anyssa worked for Omar Gastelum and Associates, a private practice law firm specializing in family and immigration law. She is active with the Young People for Fellowship. As a fellow, Anyssa is developing a plan, Blueprint for Social Justice, to address police brutality within the black and brown community. Being bi-racial, she sees the pain and suffering that both communities endure. Her latest project is a consumer product that will hopefully reduce cases of excessive force, in which death could be prevented.

Anyssa is also an active fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She participated in an immersive, one-week course of study on topics such as basic human rights and women’s rights, among others. While attending the Global Institute of Human Rights at Penn Law, Anyssa worked on a global human rights issue that she presented at the United Nations Headquarters. Her presentation focused on the need for global access to safe and sanitary feminine hygiene products, such as pads, tampons, etc. These products are considered to be “luxury” items. Because many women around the world cannot afford clean products, they suffer from unsanitary conditions when menstruation occurs. Therefore, these women are more prone to infections, and diseases can develop if not treated properly. 

In her coursework and through her fellowships, Anyssa has developed a great interest in the criminal justice system and a strong passion for social justice and political reform, especially in the area of women and children’s rights. She is active in her local community and plans to become a licensed clinical social worker. Anyssa also wants to pursue a legal education to protect and advocate for marginalized individuals. She hopes to run for Congress someday to address issues of social justice and challenge the status quo of our political and criminal justice systems.

For Anyssa, the Coelho Center Law Fellowship means opportunity. At the age of 12, she was diagnosed with ADHD, and navigating life since has been a challenge. As a young person with a learning disability, Anyssa never thought she would be able to achieve dreams like those without a disability could and felt discouraged from attending law school. She believes this fellowship is an opportunity to learn more about the ways others have overcome their challenges. As a first-generation college student, Anyssa looks forward to receiving the guidance and mentorship through this program and gaining the confidence to overcome any obstacles.