DETROIT, MI—An investigation by the Senate Committee on Finance into problems with the U.S. organ transplant network held a hearing yesterday after benefiting from the work of two Wayne Law School students, Yesenia Jimenez and Thea Barrak, who interned with the committee under a summer program administered by the Levin Center for Oversight and Democracy at Wayne State University Law School.
Ms. Jimenez interned with the Finance Committee this summer and helped with the final stages of the investigation and hearing preparation. Ms. Barrak, who interned with the committee last summer, helped advance the early stages of the investigation.
According to the Finance Committee’s chief investigative counsel, Daniel Goshorn, who oversaw staff work on the organ transplant investigation, the committee “quite literally could not have done it without Yesenia” this summer and “Thea was also a great help” last summer.
When asked about her summer internship, Ms. Jimenez said, “I am honored to have worked with the Senate Finance Committee on the critical issue of our organ transplantation system. This investigation exposed me to oversight’s vital role in safeguarding access to life-saving organs, particularly for communities of color and rural populations. My time with the committee fueled my desire to pursue a career in public service.”
Ms. Barrak stated, “Working on the Senate Finance Committee last year was an honor and a privilege. It opened my eyes to many different issues, most notably the organ transplant problems that our country is facing today. I thank the Levin Center for providing me with an unforgettable experience and for giving me a cause that I will continue to care about for a very long time.”
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