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- “We could all one day become refugees”

31 Jul

As I don’t want to give anyone the wrong impression, I have to maintain my reputation for tardiness and post my “Friday” Feature Podcast on a Sunday. Life lesson: never commit yourself to cleverly titled days of the week podcasts on the internet.

Regardless of when this is going up, I am truly so privileged to share the voice of Alice, our legal expert at the Greek Forum of Refugees. Alice is one of the most committed, knowledgeable people I’ve met who works in this field. She is the person I turn to when I’m confronted with problems I don’t know how to solve (which happens every day)- when a refugee messages us on Facebook from Leros to ask how to reunite with his wife in Athens, when a refugee family comes into the office seeking shelter, when I have to explain to a curious reporter the Skype-for-asylum procedure- I always ask Alice, and she always knows the answer. Have a listen below to my brief but brilliant conversation with Alice, where she reminds us that “we could all one day become refugees.”

Posted By Mattea Cumoletti

Posted Jul 31st, 2016

1 Comment

  • Hannah Chi

    August 5, 2016


    Love your podcasts Mattea! They are so insightful and engaging. It was helpful to hear Alice shed insight on the challenges that legal experts face at the Greek Forum of Refugees. I love her simple explanation for why the Greek Forum is different: it’s because they work “for refugees, with refugees.” Keep up the great work!

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