Assistant to Deputy Director

Raisa Abdeen (she/her) comes to the GGJ team as the Assistant to the Deputy Director after working on the language interpretation team for the International School of Feminism in 2021. In addition to her language justice work as a Portuguese interpreter, Raisa has also worked in a domestic violence shelter and healthcare in various capacities. She has spent the last couple years teaching a Brazilian style of dance called forro from a feminist lens and organizing forro events in the Boston area. She studied Expressive Art Therapy at Lesley University and is specifically interested in the connection between colonization and state violence and complex trauma. Raisa also believes that art is a way to build collective power and that cultural resistance is a key part of liberation struggles. Raisa draws her inspiration from her family in Palestine. When Raisa is not working, she enjoys writing and performing her poetry, making Kanafa, and believes in movement and freedom of movement.