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Please join us for an event put on by the Working group on Refugees, Europe, and Service Learning (WRESL) on Saturday, February 6th at noon ET.

Two TAM graduates with careers focused on immigrants and refugees will talk about their work and take your questions.

Stylianos Kelaiditis ’10 will join the discussion. As a TAM student, he studied overseas in Amsterdam and was in the first cohort of European Governance Track students. He holds an MA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill TransAtlantic Master’s program and an MA in War Studies from King’s College London. After TAM, he worked for the Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service at the American College of Thessaloniki as a Teaching and Research Assistant. Over the past years Stylianos has gained experience working in the Refugee and Migration Crisis field, with the then Ministry of Migration Policy and UNHCR, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Northern Greece.  He is now a Project Assistant for IOM in Thessaloniki – Greece. (He will be speaking in his personal capacity, not representing IOM, although some of the experiences that he will refer to come from his work with IOM among others.)

Mario Martinez ’16 works for Centro Legal de la Raza.
As a TAM student, Mario studied overseas in Ankara and Berlin. He interned with UNDP in Istanbul in 2015 and received DAAD funding during his year of study in Germany. Mario earned the joint METU-HU degree in German-Turkish Studies. Now he is the Post-Release Accompaniment Program (PRAP) Coordinator at Centro Legal de la Raza assisting bond and parole-eligible community members secure their release from immigration detention. Mario has helped coordinate regional deportation defense programs since 2017 at immigration courts, detention facilities, and rapid response networks. He has developed data-driven strategies to enhance these programs and quickly respond to sudden policy shifts or emergencies. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these strategies were utilized to identify medically vulnerable individuals to file urgent humanitarian parole requests, support litigation, and inform statewide policy advocacy. Mario’s passion for utilizing information to help his community has led him to explore how to leverage Artificial Intelligence tools to improve the provision of legal services. Mario holds an M.A. in Social Sciences and he completed graduate internships abroad focused on international human rights issues, international development, regional legal networks, and refugee issues in the European Union. These experiences allowed him to develop an international perspective on global migration and enabled him to further develop his professional skills to support the immigrant community in the U.S.

Please find out more about this event here.

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