“Through my work in human rights protection and crime prevention, I do my best to be an ally to those who are disenfranchised. Often this work extends to migrants, who are adjusting to life away from home under circumstances that do not always privilege their rights. I strive to protect those rights, volunteering as a legal guardian for unaccompanied minors. I have also co-founded integration projects in my community of origin for migrant and disadvantaged Italian youth.
In Geneva, where I now live, I support the Cuisine Lab project: a non-profit organisation that brings locals and migrants together for cultural exchanges around food, art, culture and more. Organizing food and storytelling events for adults and children is an excellent way to get locals and newcomers to interact.
The people I have met through all these initiatives, as well as my own experiences, have taught me how migration can mean freedom, opportunity, risk but also personal growth for those who pursue it. I love my country but I felt I had to look for work and life elsewhere when I was younger, and that search has never ended for me. I keep migrating and I appreciate having the opportunity to do so.
To those about to set off on a big journey I would say: be curious, ask as many questions as you need to, especially if something is strange to you. If you don't understand the answer, keep asking!”