Cara Ta is a graduate of Stanford University, where she received degrees in international relations and modern languages. As an undergraduate, Cara worked as an analyst for Stanford Law School and the Department of State’s Office of Global Criminal Justice to explore soft policy alternatives that prevent terrorism and radicalization. Cara then went on to create countering violent extremism programming and implemented those policies at Moroccan NGOs through the Woodrow Wilson Center. Examining the underlying conditions of individuals prone to radicalization led Cara to the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre where, in partnership with UNCHR Innovation, she sought to influence the trajectory of emergency aid distribution enabling crisis-affected communities to build both self-directed professional opportunities and resistance to the call of terrorist organizations. Upon graduation, Cara worked as a policy advocate and grant writer at Helping Link, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting Asian refugees achieve professional and personal acculturation and self-sufficiency. She has since worked for the Los Angeles Superior Court where she serves as a legal fellow educating low-income, homeless, and limited-English speaking self-represented litigants on issues regarding family law. At Yale, Cara plans to pursue scholarship at the intersection of counterterrorism, countering violent extremism and refugee policy along with the implications for transitional justice mechanisms.