Q + A with Award-Winning Humanitarian Communicator, Jenelle Eli

Kids living in Kutupalong, a displacement camp in Cox’s Bazar, Myanmar, make ‘heart’ symbols alongside Red Crosser Jenelle Eli. Photo by Brad Zerivitz/American Red Cross. American Red Crosser Jenelle Eli is a humanitarian, crisis communicator, refugee advocate, and most recently, named to the class of 2022 PRNEWS Top Women in the Industry Innovators category. Between her near back-to-back deployments over six months to the Mediterranean Sea and Poland in support of the Ukraine Crisis, Jenelle has secured prominent headlines in more than 180 countries to help people around the world understand urgent, lifesaving needs during more than 10 international missions with the Red Cross. Among her responsibilities, Jenelle has helped secure ports of safety for stranded migrants at sea, enforced neutrality and the importance of upholding the Geneva Conventions, stood in as an impartial aid actor in the midst of war, protected the identities of vulnerable families fleeing violence, and contributed to the message in helping patients receive lifesaving blood during a national shortage. Jenelle has dedicated nearly two decades of her life to amplifying the stories of displaced survivors through a lens of empathy and empowerment rather than victimization and pity. It is no surprise that when she was invited to speak at the United Nations in May, she discussed the importance of humanitarian aid for migrants and drew on her Red Cross experience helping people around the globe to amplify...
Source: Red Cross Chat - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: International american red cross Disaster Response Geneva Conventions humanitarian ifrc International Services refugees volunteering Source Type: news