Mattea Cumoletti

Mattea Cumoletti is a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, studying human security, conflict resolution, and issues of forced migration. Upon receiving her BA in history and anthropology from the College of the Holy Cross in 2012, she spent a year in Southern Italy as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, after which she worked at the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants in Albany, New York. As an advocate for resettled refugees, Mattea engaged in self- sufficiency services, job development and community outreach and integration. Prior to coming to Fletcher, she worked for a New York Medicaid reform project, which directly improved health services and benefits for beneficiaries, including the local refugee population. At Fletcher, Mattea is a Teaching Assistant for undergrad history and sociology, and she serves as a senior Web Editor for Fletcher's online academic journal, as well as Co- Chair of the European Club. After her fellowship, Mattea wrote: "AP gave the chance to work in the heart of one of the most pressing international issues of this generation, and there is no better way to understand the depth and complexities of the refugee crisis than from working with and listening to the people who are going through it."

Friday Feature Podcast… On a Saturday!

02 Jul

My sincerest apologies for both skipping last Friday’s podcast and for posting this one a day late! But believe me, it’s worth the wait. For this short podcast I had the true pleasure of interviewing one of the most wonderful people that I’ve met in Athens, Eirini, who works for the Greek Forum of Refugees as a Community Worker.

Community Workers and Cultural Mediators are really essential workers in the refugee camps. The program is coordinated in partnership with UNHCR, but all of the Community Workers are part of the GFR community and many came to Greece as refugees themselves.

Eirini grew up in Greece in an Egyptian-Greek household, speaking both Greek and Arabic, and she studied Arabic in Syria and was trained as an interpreter by one of the big Greek NGOs, Metadrasi. Eirini works in the Eleonas Refugee Camp which is the closest one to Athens city center.

So what is a Community Worker, and what stories does Eirini have to tell about her work? Take a listen and find out!

Posted By Mattea Cumoletti

Posted Jul 2nd, 2016

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