Richard Balkissoon received an Associate’s degree in Computer Science in his native country, Guyana, as well as a Bachelor’s of Arts in Computer Science in the criminal justice field at John Jay College. He is currently the Center’s webmaster. Richard’s web related skills include the following: web development, graphic designing, building and repairing computers, and surveillance systems installation. In the future, he hopes to pursue a career in Computer Forensics.
Steff Chavez graduated from the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City in 2013 and is currently a student at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME. For the previous two summers, she was an intern at Bloomberg, LP, where she worked in the core product news department. At Fieldston, Steff helped organize multiple day-long events involving workshops and guest speakers in which the entire school participated. One event, for example, centered around the experience of war and Steff led a panel of veterans who shared their various experiences as soldiers. At Bowdoin, Steff is a features writer for the student newspaper The Orient and has helped organize campus-wide academic and social events as a College House member.
Erick Esquivel is currently a senior at John Jay College majoring in International Criminal Justice and Economics. He is enrolled in John Jay’s Honors Program and will serve as the President of the United Nations Student Association for the 2015-2016 academic year. During his sophomore year, Erick was part of CUNY Service Corps’ initial cohort and was placed as an intern at New York Cares, where he had the opportunity to lead projects that addressed some of New York’s most pressing social issues. Erick is primarily interested in matters affecting international security and he has a regional interest in the Middle East and Latin America. In the future, he hopes to pursue a MA in international affairs.
Caitlin Fung is an alumna from John Jay College with a major in International Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. She is also a former student of the John Jay Honors Program. In addition, she was a 2012 New York Needs You fellow through which she completed two internships with the New York County District Attorney’s Office and Morgan Stanley. Caitlin hopes to attend law school and pursue a career practicing criminal law.
Lodoe Gyatso is currently pursuing a BA in International Criminal Justice at John Jay College. Tibetan by origin, he feels that it is of utmost importance to promote the basic and fundamental human rights with his best effort through various platforms. He worked closely with the Students for a Free Tibet (NGO) to put together the Human Rights Action Plan for Tibet (HRAP-TIBET), which was later presented at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, and also volunteered at Amnesty International for the Annual General Meeting 2015 and assisted them with online petitioning campaigns. He also participated in the National Model United Nations for two years representing John Jay and is the President and the founder of Students Without Borders, a student organization that is geared towards advocating for international human rights. He is currently an intern at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and hopes to receive a graduate degree in international law and human rights in the future.
Ali Haxhijaj, an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo, is a senior at John Jay College double majoring in International Criminal Justice and Political Science. He has participated in the National Model United Nations Conference (’14 and ’15) and has won various awards amongst competing international universities. Ali has also engaged in various realms of civic service and community development such as volunteering for the New York City Police Department, interning for New York City Council and the Office of the Manhattan Borough President, and becoming a Fellow of the CUNY Service Corps program. In the future, he hopes to combine his experience of government servitude and global affairs to travel internationally to help others in need.
Marina Kumskova is an alumna of John Jay College graduating with a second bachelor degree in Criminal Justice (BS) with a minor in Political Science. She received her first BA in Linguistics with a minor in German in her native country of Russia. She is fluent in Germany, English, and Russian and is familiar with basic Spanish. Currently Marina is a MA student in Human Rights Studies at Columbia University. She is particularly interested in exploring the following issues: religious freedom, counter-terrorism policies, states’ accountability for human rights violations, and the role of art in human rights activism.
Rocio Maradiegue is currently a senior at John Jay College majoring in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Human Rights and a minor in History. She is a CUNY Service Corps fellow and is also a two year member of the John Jay women’s soccer team. Previously, she interned with CUNY Citizenship NOW! where she helped provide immigration services to low-income members of the community. During her last year at John Jay, she will participate in the United Nations Student Association for a second year, not only as a delegate, but as Treasurer of the club. After graduation, Rocio plans to attend law school for international human rights law or pursue a masters in human rights and international relations.
Nikolaos Petropoulos is a PhD student in the Criminal Justice Doctoral Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. He holds a MA in Criminal Justice from John Jay College/CUNY. He also holds a second MA from the University of Athens in European Law, a third MA from Panteion University of Athens in Criminal Law, a fourth MsC from the University of Athens in Crisis Management, and a fifth MA from the Panteion University of Athens in Public Administration. His research interests include crime and illegal immigration, terrorism and human rights, and homeland security. He speaks Greek, English, Spanish, and Italian.
Tricia Ramcharit is a senior at John Jay College majoring in Law & Society and minoring in English. During her sophomore year, Tricia participated in the National Model United Nations at John Jay and served for the CUNY Service Corp as an intern at Midtown Community Court. As a Ronald H. Brown Law Prep fellow, she interned at Queens Law Associates and the Bronx County Criminal Court. During her junior year, Tricia interned at Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s New York City office and was admitted into the Edward T. Rogowosky Washington, D.C. Summer Internship Program wherein she interned for Senator Gillibrand on Capitol Hill. Tricia has been awarded the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship (2014-2015) and the inaugural Rising Star Fellowship (2015-2016). She is currently interning at Amnesty International USA and is working toward an MA/JD with a human rights focus.
Tannuja Rozario is a senior at John Jay College majoring in Law and Society with minors in Human Rights and Gender Studies. She is also a member of John Jay’s Honors Program, Ronald E. McNair Program, and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. During her junior year, she served as a CUNY Service Corps Fellow and was placed as an intern at Midtown Community Court, where her research in different areas, such as gender-based violence, was incorporated in the Fatherhood and Workforce Development Program curriculum. She is particularly interested in women’s rights, LGBT rights, and international human rights. In the future, Tannuja hopes to pursue her Masters in Human Rights and a PhD in Sociology.
Jeffery White is an upper senior in the Honors Program at John Jay College and majors in international criminal justice and minors in human rights. He is a Thurgood Marshall Scholarship recipient as well as a Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society Scholar. Jeffery does advocacy work dealing with prison reentry, juvenile justice, and mass incarceration, and his current research involves bridging the gap between international human rights law and domestic law when it comes to violation of prisoner rights. During the summer of 2015, he interned in Washington, D.C. with Senator Cory Booker, where he worked on post-incarceration policy reform. After Jeffery attains his undergraduate degree, he hopes to attain his Masters Degree in international relations with a concentration in international human rights. His ultimate goal is to become a policy analyst for the United States Department of State, Office of Global Criminal Justice.