Humanity in Action Announces the Recipients of the 2016 Lantos and Pat Cox Fellowship Programs

January 27, 2016 | pat cox, lantos

January 27, 2016 – Humanity in Action is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Lantos-Humanity in Action Congressional Fellowship and its sister program in Brussels, the Pat Cox-Humanity in Action Fellowship

This year, the Lantos Congressional Fellowship invites 8 Hungarian, Israeli, Scottish and Roma students, as well as Humanity in Action Senior Fellows, to participate in a four-month long internship at the office of a United States Representative or a Congressional Committee. Named in memory of the late Congressman Tom Lantos and sponsored by the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, the program aims to strengthen ties between emerging European and American human rights leaders and to provide European university students with an inside perspective on the workings of Congress, American government, political parties, minority issues, economic and social developments and human rights issues. 

Cynthia Bunton, Director of the Lantos-Humanity in Action Fellowship, describes the program as "an unforgettable opportunity to learn about the legislative process in Washington as well as hear from experts on a wide variety of political, economic social and cultural issues.  A never-to-be-forgotten experience that will be useful to the Fellows for the rest of their lives." 

Similarly, the 2016 Pat Cox Fellows will take part in a three-month intensive fellowship at the office of a Member of the European Parliament or with a Brussels-based NGO. The program, which honors Pat Cox, former President and current member of the European Parliament, requires participant Fellows to have a keen interest in human rights and minority issues. Participants in both programs will conduct substantial, policy-based and administrative work to gain insight into the legislative and decision-making processes in Brussels and Washington, D.C., respectively. Fellows will also attend a series of requisite seminars, lectures and site visits led by key policy experts and practitioners, to engage in intellectual exchange and discussion on various topics concerning contemporary policies and politics in the Europe Union and United States.  

Humanity in Action Fellows are selected on a highly competitive basis for their high academic standing, active participation in human rights issues and outstanding recommendations. In the case of the Pat Cox Fellowship, selections are made in consultation with selected MEPs and Assistants at the European Parliament. Placements for both programs are determined following in-person or Skype interviews with Congressional members, Parliamentary officials, or NGO representatives. 

2016 Fellows, Lantos-Humanity in Action Congressional Fellowship

Andras Molnar, Durham University - Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-CA 

David Reis, University of Haifa - Rep. Jim McDermott, D-WA

Edita Rigova, University in Lausanne - Alcee Hastings, D- FL

Hannah Kunzlik, University of St. Andrews - Rep. Mike Honda, D-CA

Kim Lindgaard Jørgensen, Aalborg University - Rep. Jim McDermott, D-WA*

Luke Allen, Macalester College - Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-NY *

Lumir Lapray, University of California, Los Angeles - Rep Juan Vargas, D-CA*  

Sara Sudetic, Central European University - Rep. Keith Ellison, D-MN *

* Indicates a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow

2016 Fellows, Pat Cox-Humanity in Action Fellowship

Marko Barisic, BiH, Atlanta, 2015 - Office of MEP Eduard Kukan

Mario Castillo Martinez, USA, Paris, 2014 - Office of MEP Renate Weber

Ɓukasz Niparko, PL, Warsaw, 2014 - Office of MEP Nirj Deva

Stine Rense, DK, Copenhagen, 2015 - Office of MEP Norica Nicolai

Pinar Sayan, TR, Copenhagen, 2013 - Office of MEP Ernest Maragall

Corey Walker, USA, Berlin 2008 - Office of MEP Daniel Buda

Oleksandra Zmyenko, UKR, Warsaw 2015 - International Partnership for Human Rights 

About Humanity in Action

Humanity in Action is an international educational organization. Humanity in Action educates, inspires and connects a global network of students, young professionals and established leaders committed to promoting human rights, diversity and active citizenship—in their own communities and around the world. 

Since 1999, Humanity in Action has engaged more than 1,500 Fellows in its transatlantic study programs focusing on human rights and minority issues—past and present—in Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and the United States. Humanity in Action Fellows have used the knowledge gained in the programs and inspiration from one another to make a difference in public service, journalism, medicine, law, education, the arts, business and grassroots action. Humanity in Action’s unique international network of leaders is a valuable resource to policy-makers, diplomats, educators, business leaders and civic-minded individuals and organizations.

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