Lauren Rajczak

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Title: 
Security Coordinator
Department: 
Humanitarian Policy & Practice
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Lauren Rajczak is in the Security Coordinator at InterAction supporting the Director of Security. Lauren Rajczak has several years on the ground operational experience in Haiti working with J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO). Additionally, she brings a wealth of planning, policy, and programming experience to this position. At the Office of the Secretary of Defense staff level, she served as a liaison with numerous NGO's, national governments, and various UN agencies in a variety of humanitarian relief and peacekeeping operations. She also worked closely with different UN partners on issues of protection of civilians, prevention of mass atrocities, and UN Peacekeeping. While employed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy), she traveled extensively to support U.S. military personnel serving in UN Peacekeeping missions and ensure UN Peacekeeping mission leadership did not need additional support. She supported the deployment and establishment of the UN - AU Mission in Darfur as well as the expansion of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti. While working in support of the U.S. Government response to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, she received two awards for her service as well as the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence for her overall service.

Honoring the Fallen Aid Workers among Us

Humanitarian and development workers can be found all over the world, from Bangui to Beirut, from Gao to Geneva. They range in age, ethnicity, education, and religion. But they all have one thing in common: They believed they could make a change in the world. Some believed they could help their country through conflict or to rebuild after a disaster. Others believed moving away from their family and friends to help others was not a sacrifice but an exciting opportunity. They were fathers or mothers, daughters or sons, husbands or wives – but they were all colleagues and friends.