McGill experts: UN World Refugee Day - June 20


Published: 17Jun2014

According to the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) the number of people currently in situations of displacement has hit 45 million, the highest figure for 14 years. 15.4 million internationally displaced refugees and 937,000 asylum seekers, as well as 28.8 million people forced to flee their homes within their own countries. As many as 55% of these refugees come from only five countries: Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Syria and Sudan. The United Nations' (UN) World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 each year. This event honors the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.

McGill experts:


Dr. Cécile Rousseau, An Associate Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University, and Director of the Transcultural Child Psychiatry Clinic (English and French)

Expertise:  Dr Rousseau is a research and clinical psychiatrist at the Montreal Children's Hospital (Transcultural Child Psychiatry Clinic). Her clinical work is with refugee children and with torture victims. She also provides consultation work for health institutions and school boards on refugee children. Dr Rousseau's current research involves refugee children and adolescents from Southeast Asia, Central America and Somalia.

Full bio:

Contact: cecile.rousseau [at]


Anna Lise Purkey, McGill doctoral student, Faculty of Law (English and French)

Expertise: Her research focuses primarily on justice in the context of protracted refugee situations. specifically, she is looking at the application of development theory to long-term refugee crises and the impact of a greater focus on access to justice and legal empowerment on refugee protection, refugee rights and human dignity.

Full bio:

Contact: anna.purkey [at]


Prof. Irwin Fried – Faculty of Dentistry/Associate Professor - Director, Division of Pediatric Dentistry

Expertise: Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Fried also deals with refugee populations through the Division of Pediatric Dentistry within the Faculty

Contact :
irwin.fried [at]

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