Abbie Zislis grew up in Denver, Colorado and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Political Science and minors in History and Spanish. She studied abroad at the Universidad de Sevilla in Spain. After graduation, Abbie lived in southern Mexico on the Mexico-Guatemala border and worked on the La 72 Migrant Shelter’s legal team, where she handled asylum cases. Abbie then spent time in Medellín, Colombia, where she researched organized crime and Central American security policy for InSight Crime, an investigative think tank.
At Georgetown, Abbie is pursuing a joint J.D. and M.S. in Foreign Service. She has interned with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy team. Abbie is fluent in Spanish and is particularly interested in issues related to international law, human rights, and citizen security. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, salsa dancing, and searching for pickup soccer games.