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Noor Toraif


Noor Toraif


Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston


Rappaport Public Policy Fellow



Rappaport Public Policy Fellows spend 10 weeks each summer serving within the highest levels of state and municipal governments in the Greater Boston Area. The program includes students from graduate and professional programs at local universities.

Graduate School
Boston University

Undergraduate School
Boston University

Lissy Medvedow, Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy and Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member

Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate and the Committee for Public Counsel Services

Melissa Threadgill, Director of Juvenile Justice Initiatives

Description of Fellowship
Noor completed a joint placement with the Youth Advocacy Division (YAD) of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) and the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA). At YAD, she developed an Adolescent Development training curriculum for public defenders, including modules on Positive Youth Development and trauma, resilience, and trauma- informed legal advocacy. She also created a resource with further reading and other materials on trauma-informed public defense and the latest research on Positive Youth Development as applied to the Juvenile Justice System. At the Office of the Child Advocate, Noor completed a number of projects including contributing to the OCA’s report on COVID-19 and child mental health and developing surveys for schools, congregate care, and child care settings to get more information on how the OCA can best support them during the reopening process. Her two largest projects at the OCA included adapting the OCA’s Trauma- Informed and Responsive Framework into toolkits for various child-serving sectors, and developing content for a parent support website – including resources on grief, suicidal intent, ideation, and attempts, mental health symptomology, and COVID-19 conversation starters for children and teenagers.