Caritas Internationalis policy and advocacy team
CI Secretariat in Rome
Karin Keil is the International Delegate of Caritas Internationalis to the UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) advocating on anti-trafficking issues and serves as a consultant for Caritas. Karin is the Chair of Caritas Europa’s Working Group on Migration and Asylum since 2009, a member since 2006 and has been working with Caritas Austria, lately as Head of Department for Refugee and Migration Affairs over the last 10 years. She obtained her LL.M. in International Protection of Human Rights from Washington College of Law, American University, and her Magistra Juris from University Vienna, School of Law.
Maria Suelzu has worked in the Caritas Internationalis Advocacy Department over twelve years providing organisational support to the head of department and the international delegates to the UN in New York, Geneva and Rome. She is interested in promoting fair trade and in languages (speaks English, French, Spanish and Catalan, her mother tongue is Italian) Since 2008 she has worked as international advocacy officer on migration issues, the feminisation of migration with special focus on migrant domestic workers and, more recently, also on unaccompanied minor migrants. She also supports Martina Liebsch, International Policy and Advocacy Director, in her coordination work. Contact: email@example.com also on matters concerning Martina Liebsch and Karin Keil.
Olga Zhyvytsya is the coordinator of the anti-trafficking project COATNET (Christian Organisations Against human Trafficking NETwork). She is also responsible for the platform of Caritas organisations working with migrant women “Female face of Migration”. She has been working for Caritas Internationalis Advocacy Department since 2009 assisting with research on migration issues, particularly regarding migrant women. She graduated from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas “Angelicum” with specialisation in social sciences. She speaks English, Italian, Ukrainian and Russian. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alfonso Apicella is the Global Anti-Poverty Campaign Officer. He has been focusing on international relations whilst pursuing studies in economics and modern languages since 1997. He gained a foundation in economic and policy analysis throughout his university and working life. He speaks English, French, German and Spanish, plus Italian as mother-tongue. He started working in the third sector in 1999 for Caritas in Turin, Italy, followed by campaigning work in Oxfam GB. He also worked in the ‘for-profit’ sector where he acquired an experience in logistical organisation and business administration prior to joining the General Secretariat of Caritas Internationalis in 2007. Contact: email@example.com
Adriana Opromolla is a lawyer by education and training, whose background also includes post-graduate studies in philosophy, history and sociology. In addition to practicing law in her native Italy, she specialised in EU Law and International Economic Law in Switzerland, as well as in Human Rights Law and Theory in Belgium. She has been a Research Fellow at the New York University School of Law and is the author of several publications on Children’s Rights, Economic and Social Rights and Global Trade. She has been using her legal skills at the European Commission, the Council of Europe and the Commission of the EU Bishops’ Conferences. She worked as an advocacy officer for Caritas Europa from 2006 to 2011, until she joined Caritas Internationalis in 2012. She speaks English, French, German and Spanish in addition to Italian. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
CI Delegation to the United Nations in Geneva
Stefano Nobile is currently serving Caritas Internationalis as Advocacy Officer and International Delegate to the United Nations in Geneva. He holds a Master Degree in International Studies. Since October 2009, his main areas of activity are HIV and AIDS, global health, right to health, right to development and international solidarity. Contact: email@example.com
Floriana Polito serves as International delegate with special responsibility for Humanitarian Policy and Human Rights at Caritas Internationalis Geneva office. She holds an Advanced University Degree in International Relations - specialising in international law and human rights - and a Master degree in European Studies. She started to work for Caritas Internationalis in March 2007 focusing on advocacy around human rights, extreme poverty, migration and climate change. Since June 2010, she joined the emergency team and, more recently, the policy and advocacy team. Her main areas of work are humanitarian policy and human rights. Before joining Caritas Internationalis, Floriana collaborated with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva from 2005 to 2006. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aurorita M. Mendoza is an international consultant in HIV/AIDS Programming and Education. In 2011, she retired after 17 years of service to UNAIDS at global and regional (Asia/Pacific) levels. In her home country of the Philippines, she was engaged in leadership at Maryknoll College, and in technical education in Thailand. Presently, she serves as a Volunteer Advocacy Associate at the CI Delegation in Geneva assists with research, monitoring, and advocacy on the Caritas HAART for Children Campaign in the context of the Global Plan to Eliminate New HIV Infections among Children by 2015 and to Keep their Mothers Healthy. Contact: email@example.com
Other Volunteers in CI Geneva Delegation (not included in the team photo):
Francesca Merico served as an Advocacy Officer for HIV and AIDS and for Migration Issues based in the Delegation between 2007 and 2010. She is trained in law and specializes in issues related to the rights of children. She now is located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but serves as volunteer Editor-in-Chief of the newsletter for CI’s “HAART for Children Campaign” and assists with other efforts undertaken by this Campaign that promotes early testing and treatment for children living with HIV or with HIV/TB co-infection as well as greater uptake of Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Francesca Matera is a multi-media journalist for the Italian-language Swiss Television Network. She serves as a volunteer writer with the CI Delegation in Geneva by preparing blog and other print articles, as well as multi-media presentations related to CI’s advocacy efforts at the UN in Geneva. Contact: email@example.com
CI Delegation to the United Nations in New York
Joseph Cornelius Donnelly since 2000 serves as Permanent Delegate to UN headquarters in New York. Since 1987 he works on the search for peace, reconciliation and justice in the Middle East. In 2002 he was mandated to establish CI's International Delegation to UN where he heads works focused on peace, human security and sustainable development. He has been a faith-based NGO leader advocating on humanitarian crises around the world. As a member of Security Council Working Group he brings voices from-the-ground to the international community. Active with EU, General Assembly, EcoSoc, OCHA and Peacebuilding Commission, he presents "One Human Family-Zero Poverty" as Caritas testimony for the poorest of the poor. He works closely with Holy See Mission to UN, Congregation for Eastern Churches, Catholic Peacebuilding Network and all Caritas regions. Ecumenical, Interreligious Dialogue, Global Partnerships and Catholic Social Teaching are part of delegation. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
CARITAS INTERN PARTNERSHIP - New York
An intentional part of the mandate for CI's International Delegation to the UN in New York was the development of an Intern Program with Catholic universities in the metropolitan region. In 2004 this was accomplished in particular with Seton Hall University and its John Whitehead School for Diplomacy and International Relations, based at their South Orange, New Jersey, campus. Every year approximately 6 interns from North American and other regions serve as voluntary staff on the Caritas delegation. These are unpaid internships which become critical parts of each graduate/student's academic requirements/credits. The scope of Caritas engagement on priority-mandated issues from CI Secretariat and the Executive Board, as well as interests from Regions and Member Organizations is closely linked with the availability and capacity of the interns. Faculty and Administration work in substantive solidarity with the CI Delegation to insure intern partnerships are attentive to global issues where Caritas is a major stakeholder and CST linked with global humanitarian credibility. The benefits/effects have been extremely cost effective while greatly growing the advocacy and representation reach of Caritas into current and future challenges. Other universities who have contributed to this Caritas program include: Notre Dame University, St. John's University, Fordham University and the Franciscan Felician College.