Claudia Bonamini is 39 years old. She is from Italy but has lived in Brussels, Belgium for over 10 years. She works as Policy and Advocacy Officer at JRS Europe
If you had to say something that defines yourself, what would it be?
I am a positive and definitely very talkative person, who hates injustice and loves challenges.
What values matter more in your life?
Human dignity, justice and equality.
How do you want to contribute to your community?
I try to live my life in a way that does not harm others or our planet. I try to respect everyone’s views and lifestyles. I also try to help my community by speaking out when I see injustices happening if I can.
What is the change that you want/wish to see in Europe?
I would like to have a Europe that fully embraces its motto ‘united in diversity’ and opens itself up to honest dialogue between former and new Europeans.
Why do you think the work of JRS is relevant today?
Unfortunately, today still millions of people are forced to leave their countries and are not always finding safety and protection elsewhere. As long as this will be the case, JRS’s work of accompany and serve these people and advocating for them will be relevant. In Europe, JRS’s work is particularly relevant because it is deeply rooted in values such as dignity, justice, hospitality and participation. Values that are the fundamental pillar on which our current legal framework on refugee protection is stooled.
How does your work/activity contribute to JRS mission?
My work contributes to JRS’s mission of advocating of behalf of refugees and forcibly displaced people. Together with the policy and advocacy officers of the different JRS country offices in Europe, we develop positions and recommendations for policy makers in the hope of achieving structural changes in the way refugees are welcomed in Europe and to improve their lives in a sustainable way.
What does JRS mean to you?
JRS gives me the opportunity to advocate for a cause that is very dear to my heart. Moreover, after a bit more than 3 years, I also see that by joining JRS I joined a very big family.