News from Alums

Cindy Joya

Cindy Joya '20, Client Intake, Safe Horizons
During her undergraduate career, Cindy studied abroad in Italy where she learned about the history of the Italian Mafia. She also wrote a case study for the U.S. State Department Diplomacy Lab program regarding the human rights legacy of mega-sporting events. Cindy was the 2020 recipient of the International Criminal Justice Excellence Award. After graduating, Cindy pursued a professional career dedicated to supporting victims/survivors of abuse. Her current work focuses on providing support to domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, and elder abuse victims, within the non-profit organization, Safe Horizons.

Michael Vandergriff

Michael Vandergriff '17, Student, University of Michigan Law School
His passion for human rights has motivated him to work for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in NY, the United Nations World Food Programme, and also with US Department of Labor's Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking. Michael has an MA in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and currently is a law student at the University of Michigan Law School. Afterwards, he hopes to practice at the intersection of international law and national security; particularly on issues related to the sanctions and the laws of war.

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Pelumi Raji-Bolaji '22, Cyber & Intelligence Solutions, Mastercard
Since graduating, Pelumi has pursued her passion for combating cybercrime in the financial sector, where she currently specializes in developing and managing cybersecurity solutions. She’s proud to have applied the knowledge and skills gained during her time at John Jay to make a meaningful impact in the field of cybersecurity. She currently is an Associate Product Specialist in Cyber & Intelligence Solutions at Mastercard.