Airenakhue B. Omoragbon
Social Justice Fellow
Airenakhue B. Omoragbon (she/her) was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York to Black immigrant parents from Trinidad and Nigeria. She is a social worker and policy practitioner who is committed to ensuring current and future policymakers prioritize the creation of policy research, legislation, and large-scale community dialogue around the experiences of Black women and girls in the U.S. and Global Black Diaspora who are survivors of carceral, economic, and gender-based violence. Her work sits at the intersection of policy research, advocacy and the amplification of minoritized women’s leadership.
Most recently, Airenakhue served as the Human Trafficking Research and Policy Fellow at the United States Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families. There, she researched opportunities to center the physical, psychological and social wellness needs of survivors of human trafficking in efforts to improve U.S. maternal health outcomes. As a Peace and Social Change Intern through the Columbia Earth Institute, she wrote advocacy manuals, policy briefs, and designed infographics on behalf of girls’ empowerment and anti-gender-based violence grassroots organizations in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, respectively. During the 2019-2020 academic year, she co-facilitated the Young Women’s Advisory Council (YWAC) at Girls for Gender Equity, where she ran a biweekly circle for 20 cis- and trans girls and gender non-conforming youth ages 16 through 24 on social identity, policy advocacy and intersectional oppression.
Airenakhue holds a Master of Science in Social Work (M.S.S.W) from the Columbia University School of Social Work and a B.A. in Sociology from Yale University.