Khalid Samarrae has been a Policy Associate with the Burns Institute since February 2015. He was born in Baghdad, Iraq and graduated from the University of New Orleans in 2010 with a degree in Political Science and a degree in Law from Tulane University in May 2014.
Khalid most recently served as the Client Representation Coordinator with Stand Up for Each Other (SUFEO), a student-led organization at Tulane Law School, to address the devastating impact of biased discipline policies, school push-outs, and the over-criminalization of youth of color. Khalid represented youth who have been wrongfully suspended and expelled from New Orleans public schools. In addition, he trained over 150 law students to advocate for young people and conducted community outreach to empower students and parents with the skills needed to exercise their right to an equitable education.
Khalid was awarded the Law Student Pro Bono Award by the Louisiana State Bar Association for his work.