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Danny Hankes


Danny grew up and pursued undergraduate education in the suburbs and city of Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.A. in Political Science (class of '13), with focuses in political philosophy, constitutional law, and LGBTQ history and politics. Professor Christie Warren's Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding Program was a deciding factor in Danny's choice to attend William & Mary Law School. 

This summer Danny will be working at People Against Suffering, Oppression, and Poverty (PASSOP) which serves the human rights needs of refugees, persons seeking asylum, and immigrants, from its office in Cape Town, South Africa. Its mission focuses on eliminating prejudice and discrimination in South African and other societies through education, community participation, and advocacy campaigns. Danny will be working in PASSOP's LGBTI refugee advocacy branch, interviewing clients, writing and filing petitions for asylum, and conducting other legal work for persons escaping persecution and discrimination in other African countries.