Research Assistants

Richard BalkissoonRichard Balkissoon

Before joining John Jay College, Richard Balkissoon received an Associate’s degree in Computer Science in his native country, Guyana. He is currently the Center’s webmaster and also an upper junior pursuing a Bachelor’s of Arts in Computer Science in the Criminal Justice field. 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.







IMG_1524Steff Chavez

Steff graduated from the Ethical Culture Fieldston School here in New York City in 2013 and is currently a student at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME. For the previous two summers Steff 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.





ericEric Esquivel

Erick Esquivel is currently a Senior 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, Erick hopes to pursue a Masters Degree in International Affairs. 





pictureCaitlin Fung

Caitlin Fung is a senior at John Jay College majoring in international criminal justice and minoring in psychology. She is also a student in the John Jay Honors Program and was a 2012 New York Needs You fellow. As part of the New York Needs You Fellowship program, Caitlin 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. 







image3Lodoe Gyatso

Lodoe Gyatso is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in International Criminal Justice. Since Lodoe is Tibetan by origination, his people have suffered extensive violations of international human rights for more than six decades and therefore 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. He also volunteered at Amnesty International for the Annual General Meeting 2015 and assisted them with online petitioning campaigns. Lodoe maintains fluency in Urdu, Tibetan and Hindi. He participated in National Model United Nations for two years representing John Jay and is recommended to be on the board of advisors. He is the President and the founder of Students Without Borders; a student organization that is geared towards advocating for International Human Rights. He is dedicated to work most efficiently towards receiving a graduate degree in International Law and Human Rights.



Ali PhotoAli Haxhijaj

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 Nation’s conference for 2 academic years and has won various awards amongst competing international universities. During his freshman year Ali volunteered at the NYPD Explorer Program working with community development. To further his experience, He has engaged in local government by becoming a CUNY Corps Service Fellow who has interned at the New York City Council and the Office of the Manhattan Borough President. In the future, he hopes to combine his experience with government servitude and international relations by pursuing a career in the U.S. Department of State.






20130813-154432.jpgMarina Kumskova

Before joining John Jay College, Marina Kumskova received a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics with a minor in German in her native country of Russia, where she was working as a translator. She is fluent in German, English and Russian, familiar in basic Spanish. Marina is currently getting a second degree in International Criminal Justice with minors in Art and Human Rights at John Jay College. Her interests in human rights began in her own country, when she became a witness of human rights violations. Last year, Marina volunteered for the United Nations as a Content Creator for Seeds Theater Group located in Papua New Guinea. She is particularly interested in exploring the following issues: quality of education in developing countries, women’s rights, religious freedom, violence against children, developing art as a part of the educational process. In the future, Marina plans to attend graduate school in the areas of Human Rights and International Relations.




IMG_1199Rocio Maradiegue

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. Rocio is a CUNY Service Corps fellow and interned with CUNY Citizenship NOW! where she helped provide immigration services to low income members of the community. She is also a two year member of the John Jay women’s soccer team. During her last year at John Jay Rocio will participate in the United Nations Student Association for her 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.





nickNikolaos Petropoulos

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, homeland security. He speaks Greek, English, Spanish and Italian. 


IMG_1425Tannuja Rozario

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.