Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellows to Start in Fall 2014 at Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security is pleased to announce the selection of three successful candidates for the Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship program.

Ashley Binetti, a 2014 J.D. graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, will serve as the 2014-2015 Hillary Rodham Clinton Law Fellow. Ashley has previously worked with UNHCR and Amnesty International and has a deep interest in the plight of women refugees. Dr. Andrew Schoenholtz, Director of the Human Rights Institute at the GU Law Center and Ashley’s former adviser, describes her as, “A compassionate and thoughtful attorney dedicated to social justice throughout the world.” The law fellowship, funded by April and John Delaney, is part of a new joint initiative between the Institute and the GU Law Center.

Mara D’Amico, a 2014 graduate of the Master of Public Service program at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, will serve as the 2014-2015 Hillary Rodham Clinton Communications Fellow. Mara is originally from Michigan and previously worked with the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas and Heifer International. Her fellowship is made possible by Donna and Mack McLarty and their family as part of a joint initiative with the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. James L. “Skip” Rutherford III, Dean of the Clinton School, noted that, “Mara is extremely talented, highly effective and has an impressive record of professional achievements and accomplishments.”

Rukmani Bhatia, a 2014 graduate of the Master of Arts in German and European Studies at Georgetown University, will serve as the 2014-2015 Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Fellow. This fellowship is endowed by Regina Scully. Rukmani, who completed her undergraduate studies at Wellesley College, is originally from India and grew up in Wisconsin. Jeff Anderson, who directs the BMW Center for German and European Studies and serves as faculty chair of the School of Foreign Service, congratulated Rukmani in saying, “We are so proud of Rukmani. She will bring impressive research skills and and I know she will benefit immensely from her experience at the Institute.”

The fellowship program was established in honor of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is the founding honorary chair of GIWPS, and provides talented post-graduates a fully funded year-long fellowship. GIWPS Executive Director Melanne Verveer said, “We are thrilled to welcome the first cohort of Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellows to Georgetown. I know they will make an important contribution to advancing the field of women, peace and security through research and its practical application.”