On June 20, the world commemorates the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees. Around the world more than 50 million people have fled their homes. Each day thousands more follow. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established in 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide.
Expert: Dr. Cécile Rousseau, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University, and Director of the Transcultural Child Psychiatry Clinic at the Montreal Children's Hospital
Expertise: 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.
Contact: cecile.rousseau [at] mcgill.ca. Dr. Rousseau can be interviewed in English and French
Expert: Anna Lise Purkey, doctoral student at the Faculty of Law of McGill University
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.
Contact: anna.purkey [at] mail.mcgill.ca. Anna Lise Purkey can be interviewed in English and French.
Expert: Dr. Jazwant Guzder, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. She is head of Child Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital
Expertise: She specializes in multicultural child and family therapy, and has published widely on issues related to addressing the mental health of refugee and immigrant populations, and cultural considerations in child and adolescent psychiatry.
Contact: 514-340-8222 ext. 5965, jaswant [at] videotron.ca.
Expert: Myriam Denov, professor at the School of Social Work at McGill University
Expertise: Her research and teaching interests lie in the areas of children and youth in adversity, and international child protection, with an emphasis on war and political violence, children in armed conflict, and gender-based violence.
Contact: (514) 398-7060, myriam.denov [at] mcgill.ca.
Expert: Megan Bradley, professor in the Department of Political Science at McGill University, Institute for the Study of International Development
Expertise: Transitional justice and accountability for human rights violations. She is the author of Refugee Repatriation: Justice, Responsibility and Redress (Cambridge University Press, 2013), and the editor of Forced Migration, Reconciliation and Justice (McGill-Queen’s University Press, forthcoming).
Contact: megan.bradley [at] mcgill.ca