Beheshti, Lauren


Immigrant Rights Policy Analyst

Lauren joined the ACLU of Utah in June 2021 as the Immigrant Rights Policy Analyst to support the ACLU of Utah’s legislative and policy efforts to maintain and advance the rights of immigrants and refugees in the state of Utah.

Lauren brings several years of direct work experience serving immigrants and refugees as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and nonprofit program manager. Before joining the ACLU, she directed a program that provided financial and basic needs support to undocumented individuals facing financial adversity brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. She also worked as an ESL teacher at Park City School District and the University of Utah, working with adult learners from diverse educational backgrounds and nationalities.

Originally from Park City, Utah, Lauren completed a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish at Seattle University, where she had the opportunity to study abroad in Mexico, Ecuador, and Guatemala. She holds a master’s degree in International Migration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her dissertation explored the impacts of precarious employment on individuals with undocumented status, highlighting the adverse effects on people’s mental and physical health, community integration, financial security, and overall lived experiences.

Lauren loves speaking Spanish, exploring Utah’s outdoor landscapes, and traveling.