May 14, New York — The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs is proud to welcome Mr. Jamie McGoldrick, former Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, as the first IIHA Distinguished Fellow.

According to Brendan Cahill, Executive Director of the IIHA, “Jamie brings a remarkable amount of wisdom and experience to this position. He has lectured to a generation of IDHA and other participants for over twenty years, and his personal insights into new and ongoing humanitarian crises will be invaluable to our students.”

Mr. McGoldrick…


“I wanted to increase our understanding of who migrants are, what forces them to take such extraordinary risks in travel, and put up with so much uncertainty and ill-treatment.”

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What is it like to run away from a bombing, lose your family, and work out how to care for yourself in a foreign country when you are 7 years old? What do you do when the woman who promised you a good job in Europe turns out to have sold you into…

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Dear Friends,

It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to The Refuge Press.

The Refuge Press is an independent imprint — founded in 2020 by Fordham University’s Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) and The Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC) — with an emphasis on humanitarian and social justice issues. We publish at least four books per year, together with an equal number of art catalogues. Our books focus on humanitarian solutions, as well as personal and professional reflections on global crises. …

Benjamin Spicer at the Women’s March (January 2020)

April 19, New York — As a kid growing up in Tennessee, Benjamin Spicer was always exposed to the racial injustice prevalent in the U.S. “Each morning on my way to school, I passed a statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general and the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan,” he explained. “We were taught that slavery was evil and racism was bad; however, there were clear contradictions between what we were taught in school and the actual actions of the state.” The unease of this discrepancy pushed Ben to join the Nashville chapter of Showing up…

Michela Fahy traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with NJ Representative Mikie Sherrill’s team about her support on upcoming climate change and refugee protection bills (2019).

April 12, New York — When Michela Fahy searched for colleges, she thought she wanted to utilize a business degree to pursue her passion for nonprofit work. But when she found out about Fordham University’s Humanitarian Studies major through the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA), she knew it was the right program path for her.

Michela is now a sophomore at Fordham University with a double major in English and Humanitarian Studies. While just beginning this major, she said the course Humanitarian Systems with Pierrette Quintiliani was “quite rewarding.” …

Fadia Mahdi working with the ICRC at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic (2020)

March 18, New York — Fadia Mahdi still remembers the day the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)headquarters building next to her school was destroyed in an attack. Her school was shut down for three weeks to fix the shattered windows and broken doors. That was when she knew she wanted to become a humanitarian.

Born in Iraq during the 1990 Gulf War, Fadia said she witnessed too many wars and too much violence. “[Our parents] were worried about us going to school every day,” she recalled. “It was very hard to go, not knowing if you will be…

Aidan at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. (2017)

March 16, New York — Aidan Auel lives by the quote, “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try,” and try he might. A Humanitarian Studies major, Aidan knew he wanted to pursue a career in the humanitarian sector after working for a defense investigator in highschool.

“Although this was an amazing opportunity, I decided I wanted to learn about issues and inequalities on a larger global scale,” Aidan explained. “So many people in the United States and abroad need humanitarian attention because of the political policies that are in place.

Aidan grew up in Maryland, just outside…

“The UN GIFT Box Project is an innovative and creative way to educate the masses on human trafficking. With the support and sponsorship of ECPAT-USA, large and decorated gift boxes were placed in bustling NYC areas.” Learn more about ECPAT-USA’s initiatives here.

March 15, New York — Patricia Cole always had a calling for humanitarian work. She recalls fundraising as a kid — walking around with the popular penny boxes to raise funds for missionaries working abroad — and winning an award for an international humanitarian poster competition. Born in a small New England town, Patricia was raised in a community-oriented, Christian environment. Humanitarian values were part of her childhood, and as she worked her way through school, she became increasingly interested in global affairs, humanitarian causes, and social justice advocacy. …

Elizabeth during her semester abroad in Prague studying women’s roles in the Czech movement for democracy

February 16, New York — From an early age, Elizabeth Doney spent a lot of time learning about social justice. Now a soon-to-be-graduating senior, she is ready to use her educational experiences towards helping others in the real world.

Elizabeth is a senior at Fordham College at Lincoln Center, majoring in Political Science with minors in Peace and Justice Studies and Economics. She also serves as the Vice President for the Humanitarian Student Union at the Lincoln Center campus. …

Rawan Chaaban working with the ICRC forensic team after the Beirut blast in August.

February 9, New York — Rawan Chaaban’s passion for humanitarian work hit close to home. Rawan was a second-year student at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, when war broke out in 2006. The work she did to help displaced families in her community — including distributing food and other necessities, organizing fun activities for the children and contacting volunteer doctors on behalf of the displaced who were sick or pregnant — fueled her passion for community work, specifically with people affected by armed conflict. …

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