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Amy R. Grenier has an M.A. in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex, a B.A. in History from Hollins University and is pursuing a J.D. as a Public Interest Law Scholar at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, MA. Her migration interests relate to American policy, asylum, detention, and immigration history with a bit of gender issues threaded throughout. Before law school, she worked as a policy assistant for the American Immigration Council in Washington, D.C., where she wrote for Immigration Impact. She also interned for the U.S. Committee on Refugees and Immigrants, served as a volunteer coordinator for a UK charity supporting asylum seekers. Amy divides her time between Boston and Washington, D.C.
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Lali Foster has an M.A. in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex and undergraduate degrees in Asian Studies and History from the Australian National University. She has worked for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Thailand and Myanmar, the Citizenship Foundation and Minority Rights Group International in the UK and for Translators without Borders’ in Greece. Her migration interests are in civic participation, community inclusion and public discourse surrounding migration. Lali also loves to read and talk with people about migration related novels.
Louisa Taylor is director of Refugee 613, a grassroots coalition of agencies and individuals supporting refugee resettlement in Ottawa, Canada. In her past life as an award-winning writer and editor, her journalism appeared in the Ottawa Citizen, the Toronto Star and Maclean’s magazine, among others. She also writes and edits for a variety of academic and non-profit clients, and provides advice on strategic communications. Unhealthy Welcome, her multi-part series on immigrant and refugee health, received a Canadian Medical Association Award for Excellence in Media in 2012. Louisa is co-chair of Welcoming Ottawa Week, an annual festival of events celebrating Ottawa’s immigrant community, founder of @datafestOTT which explore intersections between migration and new technology through hackathons, and serves on the Advisory Committee on Social Innovation, which explores new policy ideas in settlement and integration for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Amy Clarke is a doctoral researcher in Geography/Migration at the University of Sussex, Brighton. Her research explores understandings of national identity and belonging in the predominantly white middle-class suburbs of North-east London and West Essex. She has an MSc in Social Research Methods, an MA in Migration Studies and a BA in Geography and Italian and has worked in charities and the public sector in a range of different areas, including health, youth, housing and anti-racism. Within Migration Studies, Amy is particularly interested in issues of migrant inclusion and discrimination in the UK and Western Europe.
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Tom McLean has lived and worked in the United States, China, Germany, and New Zealand. He is the author of The Other East and Nineteenth-Century British Literature: Imagining Poland and the Russian Empire (Palgrave, 2102) and teaches in the Department of English and Linguistics at the University of Otago. He is an incessant museumgoer.
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Paul McDaniel is an assistant professor of geography at Kennesaw State University, in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia. He was previously a research fellow with the Immigration Policy Center at the American Immigration Council in Washington, DC, and a project researcher with the Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities at Catholic Legal Immigration Network, also in DC. His work with immigration issues also includes working as a researcher at UNC Charlotte on several community-based research projects in partnership with the Department of Family Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center, Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Crossroads Charlotte, and Latin American Coalition. His research interests include immigrant settlement, integration, and receptivity in new immigrant gateways and destinations, immigrant access to education and healthcare, and immigrant entrepreneurship. He has taught world regional geography, region-specific geography, urban studies, and physical geography. Paul has a Ph.D. in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, an M.A. in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, an M.S. in Geography from the University of Tennessee, and a B.S. in Geography from Samford University.
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Luca Gefäller has an MA in International Law and Conflict Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies and a Certificate in International Development Cooperation from Humboldt University, Berlin. He is currently working for the Danish Refugee Council in Uganda, evaluating the impact of refugee protection and armed violence reduction programmes. Previously, he has worked at a hostel for refugees in Germany and various human rights advocacy groups. Luca’s migration interests are conflict and displacement, discourses on terrorism and migration and the rights of non-European migrants in the EU.
Samantha Howland is a Massachusetts native living the DC dream. She received her BA in Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University. She holds a graduate certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies from Georgetown University. She currently works for a health and human services agency in Washington DC as a Post Release Case Manager, working with unaccompanied child migrants. Her current migration interests relate to conflict induced migration, forced internal migration, the gang crisis in Central America and gender equity in immigration protection frameworks.
Erin D. Phelps is a transplant to the Washington, DC area by way of Seattle, Los Angeles, and Kathmandu. She received her BA in Sociology from Pomona College in Claremont, CA, where her studies focused on immigration, transnational families, and international development. She has spent time working with immigrant communities in both Seattle and New York. Most recently, she spent a year in Nepal on a Fulbright grant, conducting qualitative research with Nepali children and teens whose parents have migrated abroad for work. She has contributed to migration-related publications and projects through the Nepal Institute of Development Studies and IOM Nepal, and has presented her work at Tribhuvan University and the Nepal National Conference on Migration. She works as a Strategic Initiatives Officer for GoodWeave International.
Stacy Jones is an immigration attorney based in the Washington, DC, area, representing low-income clients in a variety of immigration matters, after several years of providing legal assistance to and advocacy for unaccompanied immigrant children throughout the United States. She has previously served as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow and worked in private practice, for other nonprofit organizations, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Outside of work, she has volunteered at numerous naturalization and other immigration legal clinics and provides pro bono representation to indigent immigrants appearing before the Board of Immigration Appeals. Stacy received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, after earning a B.A. in Spanish and International Relations from Lehigh University. She is fluent in Spanish, has a working knowledge of French, and is learning Italian. Stacy is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
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Simi Kang is a scholar, artist, and community advocate whose work engages Asian American collaborative resistance throughout the U.S. She is currently conducting research with Vietnamese and Vietnamese American farmers and fisherfolk throughout Southeast Louisiana to understand the how policy impacts their work at the intersection of resistance, resilience, and displacement. Ms. Kang is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Feminist Studies program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; her work has appeared in The Asian American Literary Review, Gastronomica, Allegra Lab, Kartika Review, Open Rivers: Rethinking the Mississippi, and Sugar & Rice Magazine.
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Mary Engleheart volunteers with refugees and migrants across Europe. She writes about immigration and government policy, but mostly tells stories about the people she meets on her travels. She believes the refugee crisis has been depersonalised – and at times dehumanised – allowing Europeans to detach themselves from the humanitarian crisis playing out around them. Mary writes to change the sense of ‘other’ perceived in refugees. She hopes to foster empathy and integration. Her focus is, for now, on Greece, Italy and the UK. Mary works in communications in the charity sector and has an MA in History from the University of Edinburgh.
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Alex Johnson is a sailor, journalist and currently a communications officer. He has lived and worked across Europe and writes on the refugee crisis in Europe and the Mediterranean. He has a particular focus on Greece, the UK and the EU’s reactions to migration. Alex works in Brussels for Transparency International, the global anti-corruption NGO.
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