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Welcome AmeriCorps members!

The International Rescue Committee in New York and New Jersey is thrilled to announce several new AmeriCorps members. Read about new members below and their roles with the IRC.

Claire Balani, Job Training AmeriCorps, New Jersey.

Claire Balani returns to the International Rescue Committee to focus on job training. Claire began her work with the IRC in Dallas, as a Resource Development intern. During her internship, Claire started a partnership between the IRC in Dallas and her College to recruit students as ESL volunteers. Claire has a background in international relations and has studied and worked extensively in China. She has several years of experience working in non-profit organizations in Washington, DC, and Princeton, New Jersey, focused on international education, career development, and alumni relations. In her free time, Claire volunteers as an ESL teacher for immigrants and refugees referred by Church World Service in Jersey City.

Claire Balani, Job Training AmeriCorps, New Jersey.


Katrina Goli, Intensive Case Management AmeriCorps, New York.

Katrina Goli comes to the IRC after years of overseeing corporate transactions on Wall Street and hasn't looked back since. Never having previously held dirt, she apprenticed in farms on the East and West Coasts. Her connection to Mother Earth blossomed and she also fell head over heels with the sweet and mischievous goats under her care. Katrina is convinced she is one of them in human form.  After learning about the horrific plight of farm animals within our food system, Katrina joined the public policy department of an international animal welfare organization to advocate for the voiceless and vulnerable farm animal population. Her advocacy endeavors continued in Seattle where she traveled to homeless shelters, food pantries, and low-income housing facilities to teach healthy cooking and nutrition classes to at-risk communities. She misses hiking the beautiful Pacific Northwest and camping under the stars although she has not mastered the art of making s’mores. Katrina is very much looking forward to supporting the ICM team. She hopes to make a genuine, meaningful and lasting impact by empowering each individual she is fortunate to serve. Katrina has a Master's degree from Columbia University. 

Katrina Goli, Intensive Case Management AmeriCorps, New York. Photo: Katrina Goli


Emma Kane, Job Placement AmeriCorps, New York.

Emma Kane returns as the Job Placement Americorps with Economic Empowerment. Most recently, Emma completed an internship the NY resettlement case management team where she spent her days assisting refugees and asylees.  Although the majority of Emma's background is in advertising, she worked in employment services for a number of years as an undergrad at Bates College. Emma is excited to be back working for the IRC in a new capacity and looking forward to following the trajectory of clients' paths from arrival to self-sufficiency!

Emma Kane, Job Placement Americorps, New York.



Giuseppe Mercuri, Volunteer Recruitment, and Management Civic Corps, New York.

Giuseppe Mercuri is focusing on volunteer management and recruitment at the IRC in New York. Before joining the IRC, Giuseppe completed an Americorps program with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and interned at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Giuseppe is a graduate in International Affairs and has a Masters in International Protection of Human Rights. Giuseppe loves music, soccer, and boxing. Given Giuseppe's Italian roots, he is always looking for a good cup of espresso!

Giuseppe Mercuri, Volunteer Recruitment and Management CivicCorps, New York. Photo: IRC