At some point prior to 2013, Anastasia began working at City Necessary Resources Initiative (CNRI) during a year-long pro-bono sabbatical from her law firm.
In February 2013, Anastasia was introduced to CNRI's newest intern, Thea Queen, who would be doing her community service at the office under Laurel Lance's supervision. Thea was unenthusiastic about being a "court-ordered slave", which Anastasia jokingly related to, as she already missed the benefits of her job and six-figure salary. Anastasia then revealed to Laurel that career criminal Cyrus Vanch, who they were prosecuting on behalf of a victims' advocacy group, was just released from Iron Heights Prison due to a lack of evidence. Laurel attempted to go to District Attorney Kate Spencer for help but Anastasia informed her she'd already tried that route and without new evidence against Cyrus, their hands were tied. When Laurel received a call, Anastasia took over Thea's orientation.
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