Research Assistants

Research Assistants


Martina Bizzotti

Martina Bizzotti was born and raised in Rome, Italy. Currently, she is a third-semester graduate student in the International Crime & Justice program, while holding a bachelor's degree in international criminal justice and a minor in sociology. Her interests include women's and children's rights,  international tribunals, international law and policy, and crime prevention. Martina has also participated as a research team member in the “Youth and Security” initiative on violence reduction, for the U.S. Embassy in Bangui. Her goal is to continue researching and working for IGOs and NGOs advocating for human rights. 


Julia Bolotovsky

Julia Bolotovsky is an undergraduate student at John Jay College majoring in International Criminal Justice. She is also part of the Honors program and is the treasurer of International Criminal Justice Club at John Jay. Her research interests include the intersection between governance and human rights, along with criminal justice reform. She hopes to work in Central or South America to address human rights issues through policy reform and advocacy. Julia is dedicated to working towards the overall goal of equity and hopes to bring attention to international issues that often go ignored.


Timothy Botros

Timothy is a graduate student entering his final semester at CUNY John Jay College’s International Crime and Justice master’s program with an Advanced Certificate in Transnational Organized Crime. He has an interest in anti-corruption, counter-terorrism, and illicit financing. After graduating from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s in International Relations in 2018, he served for a year at John Jay College as both a College Assistant for the Office of the President’s External Affairs team as well as a student representative on the Committee on Graduate Students while enrolled. Recently, Timothy has researched human rights issues pertaining to foreign aid allocation as well as state-sponsored terrorism. His capstone project this semester involves researching countries’ alternatives to incarceration for persons with substance use disorders with peers as part of a U.S. State Department Diplomacy Lab project. He is also assisting with a terrorism risk-factor interrator reliablity dissertation project.



Gabriella Gardziola

Gabriella Gardziola graduated from Loyola University Chicago this last spring semester with a degree in History and International Studies with a focus in social justice and law, and a minor in international studies. Her interest in history and legal studies stemmed from seeing Les Miserables when she was younger. Her interest in international studies came from travelling she did with organizations, tae kwon do teams and competition, and her time at university. She is going to be enrolled in the Master of International Crime and Justice program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Fall 2021. 


Brianna Rivers

Brianna Rivers is a senior graduate student at John Jay College. As an International Crime and Justice major, her research interests are human rights, alternatives to incarceration, and comparative criminal justice. She is also passionate about criminal justice reform. Brianna graduated from SUNY Brockport with a bachelor’s in criminal justice and received Summa Cum Laude. She is an activist who hopes to become involved in criminal justice reform by promoting social justice, elimination of bias, and overall human rights.