2018 Pat Cox-Humanity in Action Fellows

Roberto Flores (United States, 2017)

Roberto is currently finishing their studies at Florida State University, Roberto is working toward a BM in piano performance and a BA in interdisciplinary social science with a minor in economics. They were born in Mexico City and moved to south Texas at the age of ten. As a student advocate, Roberto led their university’s LGBTQ+ organization, focusing on sexual health and intra-student mentorship. Interested in housing policy and its effects on historically marginalized communities, Roberto plans to pursue graduate degrees in law and public policy. Still, they hope to continue their musical career and explore compositions from Latin America, highlighting the contributions of indigenous and Afro-descendent people. Roberto is a 2017 John Lewis Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Atlanta program).

Joanna Kopacka (Poland, 2016)

Joanna just completed her Master’s degree in Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa, Israel. Her research focused on the bystander phenomenon. During her studies, Joanna interned in Yad Vashem and participated in the project of volunteer work with Holocaust survivors. Beyond academia, she is dedicated to issues of discrimination, xenophobia and the fight for a more inclusive and welcoming Europe. She has been a Campaigns Assistant at WeMove.EU. While in Poland, she was involved in coordinating the first field survey held by "Matzeva Project". She also assisted the chief curator of a contemporary art exhibition entitled "Women Commentators". As her involvement in the transparency project "I Have a Right to Know" triggered her interest in non-governmental activity and human rights advocacy, she hopes to continue working and contributing to this field in the future. Joanna is a 2016 Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Warsaw program).

Kathryn McDonald (United States, 2016)

Kathryn is an attorney with expertise in international human rights and humanitarian law, national security, and post-conflict nation-building. She began her international career with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where she advised on immigration cases concerning foreign human rights violators and facilitated their removal from the United States. She then joined the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Criminal Justice and liaised with government actors, civil society, and multilateral organizations on issues of transitional justice in Africa and the Former Yugoslavia. Most recently, Kathryn engaged diplomatically on contemporary violations of international criminal law in Ukraine for the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. In 2017 Kathryn was awarded an LL.M. with Highest Honors in International and Comparative Law from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. She received her J.D. cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School and her B.A. cum laude in Sociology from the College of St. Catherine. Kathryn is a 2016 Diversity & Diplomacy Humanity in Action Senior Fellow.

Inès Seddiki (France, 2013)

Inès holds a BA in economics and a Master’s degree in Corporate Social Responsibility from Grenoble Graduate School of Business. She focuses on improving the impact of big corporations (such as Deloitte or AXA) on the environment and society at large with a focus on civil society. Inès was born and raised in a "banlieue", the underprivileged suburbs around Paris. In 2016, she founded GHETT'UP, an organization aiming at empowering the youth of the banlieues. The goal of the organization is to provide with tools and opportunities for them to engage in society and achieve their goals. GHETT'UP has organized 10+ training sessions, workshops and events for more than 1000 young leaders. Her area of focus is social justice and the fight against discriminations. Inès is a 2013 Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Paris program).

Darija Sesar (Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2017)

Darija has been professionally engaged in the NGO sector in Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH) for eight years, dealing mostly with education, security and youth-related matters. She obtained a Master’s degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Mostar. She wrote her thesis on “BiH and NATO Alliance”. As a grantee of the European Commission, Darija spent a year studying at the University of Granada in Spain. Since 2014, she is a member of the OSCE Mission to BiH Youth Advisory Group. In 2016, she was elected as a Fellow of the British Embassy in BiH and Foreign and Commonwealth Office for a one-month study visit to the UK. Darija is native in Croatian/Serbian/Bosnian and fluent in English and Spanish. Her mission is to inspire leadership among her peers in BiH, through non-formal education and to empower next generation of citizens to pursue a meaningful change in their communities. Darija is a 2017 Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Amsterdam program).

Sami Sarper Yazıcılaroğlu (Turkey, 2012)

Sami graduated from Sabanci University with a degree in Social and Political Sciences and received his postgraduate certification from King's College London. His areas of interest are minority rights, social justice and conflict studies, which he focused on while studying part time at University of Amsterdam. Sami spent his summers researching issues ranging from voting behaviour in Turkey to sexual orientation and health policy in Europe. He is in the process of publishing two papers with the data he collected. He volunteered at several environmental projects, refugee camps and social transformation initiatives. Additionally, Sami was a Lantos fellow working for Congressman Pascrell in 2013, working mainly on labour and environmental issues. Sami is a 2012 Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Paris program).