Giorgia Linardi

spokesperson Sea-Watch Italy

Giorgia Linardi studied Political Science and International Relations in Milan and completed a Masters in International Law in Geneva. Since 2011, in conjunction with the Libyan crisis, she has followed the events related to the migration phenomenon and the related humanitarian emergency in the Central Mediterranean. In Geneva she worked with United Nations agencies including UNHCR. In the summer of 2015 she started as a volunteer on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, working as a legal consultant for the German NGO Sea-Watch which was preparing to carry out monitoring and rescue activities at sea. Between 2015 and 2016 she coordinated a sea rescue project for Sea-Watch in the Aegean, on the island of Lesbos. She then returned to do rescue missions in the Central Mediterranean with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on board the rescue ship Aquarius, as Humanitarian Affairs Officer, with the main role of collecting testimonies from survivors on board. Following the mission with MSF, in 2018 she returned to work with Sea-Watch as spokesperson of the NGO in Italy, in the light of the changed political context that has seen the humanitarian organizations engaged in the rescues at the center of harsh criticism and continuous attacks as part of a criminalization campaign. The representative role of spokesperson is accompanied by that of legal and strategic consultancy for the NGO's offshore operations.

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