Student / Alumni Profiles

Student / Alumni Profiles


Leidy Carolina CastellanosLeidy Carolina Castellanos (2020)
“I am very happy to say that I was part of John Jay College and the International Crime & Justice program, which provided me a broader perspective on justice. As a Colombian lawyer, the IC&J program has been the perfect complement to keep building my career path in the legal field. During my studies at John Jay College, I was also able to participate in the Global Diplomacy Initiative Program offered by the United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR). Being part of this program allowed me to receive three credits as an elective course towards my IC&J MA degree. It also allowed me to gain first-hand experience, which allowed me to learn about diplomacy from diplomats themselves and gain a better understanding of current global issues."

Abraham S. RabiuAbraham S. Rabiu (2020)
“As an immigrant from Nigeria, a country plagued by corruption, human trafficking, terrorism, money laundering, embezzlement, environmental crimes and so on, it was a privilege to widen my knowledge around these crimes from the IC&J program. Right from the open house event in 2018, I felt a warm welcome from faculty and graduate students alike. As we come to the end of the IC&J program in this pandemic era, I am proud to have learned, contributed, networked, and shared ideas with the ICJ Faculties and my fellow graduate students. The knowledge gained is currently helping me at my current job as a Probation officer with the New York City Department of Probation. As we look forward to applying the knowledge and experiences garnered from the IC&J MA program into our various fields, I wish the class of 2020 great success. Nothing can stop us, not even COVID-19. We made it."

Laura GaleanoLaura Galeano (2018)
“The International Crime and Justice MA was an extension of my education as an undergraduate at John Jay, and I believed that the best way to gain a position in the competitive field of non-profit work would be to continue my education where it started. I appreciate the guidance of professors like Dr. Arsovska and Dr. Barbaret who helped me reach my goals and believed in me from the start. I also must say that my own perseverance to create new pathways for myself, including participating in a study abroad to Amsterdam as a teaching assistant for Dr. Pastrana, helped me push past my own comfort zone. It is because of experiences like that one that I was able to excel in my internship, gain my supervisor's trust, and secure a position at Amnesty International USA as a Program Assistant with the Individuals at Risk Program."

Suchaya Mokkhasen Suchaya Mokkhasen (2017) 
Suchaya is currently a Special Case Officer at Bureau of Foreign Affairs and Transnational Crime in the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) of the Ministry of Justice in Bangkok, Thailand."Prior to beginning my study at John Jay, I couldn’t imagine myself working in academia. However, the engaging coursew​ork and research opportunities have fostered a deeper understanding of the nature and impact of transnational and organized crime from an international perspective and has opened my eyes to new possibilities. ICJ program at John Jay has given me greater confidence and the ability to continue a career in academia."

Itena DhramiItena Dhrami (2016)
“One of my favorite things is the way that academics are intertwined with field experience. There is consistent interaction between students and faculty as well as a challenging curriculum, which opens new opportunities for students to explore”. Currently employed as an Intelligence Analyst at the Background Investigations Unit (BIU) NYC Business Integrity Commission. 


David Vegvari

David Vegvari (2015)
“The IC&J program is not only unique to John Jay, it is also one of the few programs of its kind in the world. It is truly a memorable experience to be learning from some of the top academics in their respective fields.”




Olalekan AfolabiOlalekan Afolabi (2014)
“First, I must say that the welcoming atmosphere and spirit of inclusion is fantastic….Everyone is friendly and willing to help. The faculty is world-class and they are always willing to take time out of their busy schedule to help students with things that aren’t clear. There is also the opportunity to develop camaraderie with colleagues and professors alike. The support structure is strong, and the greatest resources of the program are the faculty and the students in the program. This is my third MA degree, and I personally think that the IC&J program at John Jay adds a touch of class to my academic resume”.  Currently employed as a Political Analyst with the
                                                  U.S. Department of State. 

Geris DumaGeris Duma (2014)
“IC&J is the most interactive program I have been a part of. I’m simultaneously learning about the modern international criminal landscape while getting involved in the research of my dreams in organized transnational crime.”  Currently employed as an Anti-Money Laundering Analyst with Standard Chartered Bank. 




Michael TempleMichael Temple (2013)
“Upon arriving in New York from Europe, John Jay offered me a seemingly infinite number of possibilities in the criminal justice field. Their outstanding assembly of professors, with rich and varied backgrounds, instantly inspired me to learn all I could. In addition, their international network allowed me to develop connections that later assisted me in finding employment. I came to John Jay and New York to fulfill academic aspirations, cultivate new professional opportunities, and pursue exciting life experiences. I am delighted to say John Jay delivered on all of these hopes, and I now consider myself a member of the rich John Jay community that I will always be part of. I would recommend anyone with a passion for improving criminal justice to attend John
                                            Jay. There really is no other place like it.” 

Malgorzata Sekowska (2012)
“I chose the IC&J program at John Jay College because it offers an interdisciplinary and distinctive topical focus. I was able to build on my undergraduate sociology degree to broaden my knowledge about human rights, international crime, and law. I am currently an Anti-Human Trafficking Program Manager at the New York State Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance/Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance.”