P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Heidi Boutros Gesch, 2008

Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice in the Public Integrity Section

Heidi Boutros Gesch is the child of immigrants from Egypt

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at Yale University

Heidi is a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Public Integrity Section, where she investigates and prosecutes public corruption crimes.

Heidi was born in the United States to Christian parents who emigrated from Egypt. Her mother lives in Dallas, TX and is a naturalized US citizen.

Heidi completed her JD at Yale University. She received her MPhil degree in international relations at Oxford University, where she was a Marshall Scholar. She completed her BA in government and Plan II Liberal Arts Honors at the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and was awarded a Truman Scholarship. She was also selected as a Goldman Sachs Global Leader.

While still an undergraduate, Heidi wrote a country report for the UN World Conference against Racism, interned with the International Justice Mission in India, worked on the Milosevic trial at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague, and investigated prison conditions in Russia for the Moscow Center for Prison Reform. Her senior thesis evaluated the motives behind attacks against white farmers in post-apartheid South Africa. Before embarking on her Oxford University program, Heidi interned with the Public Defender Service of DC, investigating felonies on behalf of indigents, and later worked for the FBI, where she analyzed drug trafficking and money laundering intelligence. More recently, she has worked with USAID in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

  • JD Law | Yale University 2010
  • MA International Relations | University of Oxford 2008
  • BA Plan II Honors/Government | University of Texas at Austin 2004
Work History
  • U.S. Department of Justice in the Public Integrity Section, Trial Attorney
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