Justin Abbasi is an undergraduate student at Yale University studying Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Sociology, and Global Health Studies. Justin is now pursuing a career in child welfare and healthcare, with an emphasis on health inequities experienced by current and former foster youth.

Prior to attending Yale, Justin lived in South Carolina. He was raised by his biological parents who had immigrated from Iran and older sister until March of 2008; he and his sister were placed into foster care that month. Four years later, he joined South Carolina’s advisory board for youth in out-of-home care. Justin interned at Connecticut Voices for Children during his third year at Yale and testified to the Connecticut General Assembly on behalf of legislation that sought to reduce homelessness among Connecticut adolescents transitioning from out-of-home care. Justin interned at the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and the Healthcare Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee of Finance that following summer. There, he created and lobbied policy recommendations that sought to improve access to behavioral health services for adolescents transitioning from out-of-home care throughout the United States. Justin co-founded a scholarship program for Yale students who are or were in out-of-home care. In his free time, Justin enjoys competing in Mock Trial, hiking, playing tennis, reading, and attending spoken word performances. You can usually find him lying in a hammock.