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Eric Reeves, PhD, MA

Senior Fellow

Eric Reeves has spent the past eighteen years working full-time as a Sudan researcher and analyst, publishing extensively both in the US and internationally. His work appears in academic journals as well as prominent news outlets.  He has testified several times before the Congress, and has served as a consultant to a number of human rights and humanitarian organizations operating in Sudan.  He is author of A Long Day’s Dying: Critical Moments in the Darfur Genocide (2007) and more recently of Compromising with Evil: An archival history of greater Sudan, 2007 – 2012.

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Sergio Aguayo, PhD, MA

Fellow

Sergio Aguayo is a Professor at the Centro de Estudios Internacionale, El Colegio de México, where he coordinates the Seminar on Violence and Peace and recently published a report investigating two mass killings in Mexico by gangs in the drug trade. While a Visiting Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2014 and 2015, he taught courses on the human consequences of structural violence in Latin America and the public health and human rights’ dimension of drug and arm trafficking-related violence. Professor Aguayo’s academic training and public experiences have led to an outstanding career as a public intellectual concerned with the roots of violence in Mexico and long-term solutions.

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Victoria Fan, ScD

Fellow

Victoria Fan is an assistant professor of health policy at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She earned her doctor and master of science from Harvard University, and bachelor of science from MIT. Her research topics include development assistance for health, global health policy, health systems and policy, health financing, health workforce (mainly India and China), economic evaluation for health, and health of vulnerable populations (specifically in Haiti and Iraq).

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Josyann Abisaab, MD

Fellow

Dr. Josyann Abisaab is an attending physician in the Emergency Department at the New York Presbyterian Hospital and a faculty member of the Global Emergency Medicine Program at Weill Cornell Medical College. Her areas of interest include global health, complex humanitarian emergencies and refugee protection. She has conducted human rights research and advocacy in the Middle East and, in 2014, joined a team of Harvard FXB researchers on a rapid needs assessment project conducted in the Syrian refugee camps in Jordan. She is currently involved in a research initiative in Lebanon with a focus on primary health care access among host and refugee communities. Abisaab completed her internal medicine residency at the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, earned her MD from the Rochester School of Medicine and holds a BS from the American University of Beirut.

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Lara Jirmanus, MD, MPH

Fellow

Dr. Lara Jirmanus is primary care physician in the Family Medicine Department at the Cambridge Health Alliance. She has been involved in grassroots organizing, advocacy and research for many years, addressing worker and immigrant rights in the US, social movements and infectious diseases in Brazil and the impacts of conflict and displacement in the Middle East. Her current research focuses on the health of Syrian refugees and host populations in Lebanon, as well as the Dom, the Middle Eastern Roma. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, she completed a residency in family medicine at the Boston University Medical Center, a fellowship in Global Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and earned an MPH at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Elizabeth Shlala, BSFS, MA, PhD

Fellow

Dr. Elizabeth H. Shlala works on the historical roots and contemporary impact of modern migration in the Middle East. Her work focuses on law, gender and identity. She recently spent three years as a Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She received a certificate for Session IV of the Euro-Mediterranean Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute and has been a researcher at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University and at the Centre of Migration, Policy & Society at Oxford University. Her most recent project, with colleagues at Oxford and the Center for Women’s Research, assessed the health of Sri Lankan domestic workers in the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), funded by the Open Society Foundation’s International Migration Initiative.

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Phetviengkhone Sayasane, MApplSW

G. Barrie Landry Fellow

Phetviengkhone Sayasane is a child protection officer at UNICEF Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Sayasane is passionate about the wellbeing of children and families and their protection and development. As a G. Barrie Landry fellow, she is committed to continuing her own personal development and to helping children achieve their fullest potential in her country. Sayasane holds a master of applied social work from Massey University, New Zealand; a diploma of business administration from Swinburne University of Technology, in Australia; and a bachelor’s in English teaching as a second language from the National University of Laos. Sayasane was also an English teacher for the National University of Laos between 1996 and 1999.

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Samuel Isaac, MA

G. Barrie Landry Fellow

Samuel Isaac works at the UNICEF Eritrea Country Office as a child protection officer. His professional interests include protection of children from harmful traditional practices like female genital mutilation/cutting, child marriage, concealing of disabled children, uvulectomy, and corporal punishment. He is also interested in strengthening the family unit as a safety net for orphaned and vulnerable children and supporting children with special needs to access basic social services. At UNICEF Eritrea Isaac supports diverse projects designed to protect children from abuse, exploitation, and harmful practices, from their initiation through to their implementation, monitoring, documentation and evaluation. Isaac holds a master of arts from the University of York and a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Asmara in Eritrea.

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Ruslana Sirman, JD, MS

G. Barrie Landry Fellow

Ruslana Sirman is currently a child protection officer at UNICEF Ukraine. With over 15 years of experience in child protection, Ruslana began her career as a practicing lawyer, followed by a specialization in criminal justice at the University of Cincinnati and years of continuous work with state child protection agencies in the United States. Sirman’s hands-on experience enabled her to become an effective leader of the UNICEF national juvenile justice program in Ukraine after her return to her home country in 2010. In her current function, Ruslana co-designed and facilitated a multi-year, high-level government working group on the prevention of torture and ill-treatment of children in contact with the law. Her work at UNICEF also includes addressing issues related to child care reform, human rights, and, most recently, supporting  government and civil society organizations to establish systems to address the needs of conflict-affected children and their families in eastern Ukraine. Ruslana holds a JD from the Chernivci National “Juriy Fedkovyc” University and an MS in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati.

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Truc Nguyen, LLM

G. Barrie Landry Fellow

Truc Nguyen is a child protection/justice specialist at UNICEF Vietnam. Before joining UNICEF she was a senior legal specialist at the Ministry of Justice of Vietnam with 18 years of experience in legal and judicial reform. During her tenure at the Ministry of Justice, Nguyen was directly involved in drafting and appraising a number of key pieces of legislation pertaining to child protection and justice for children. In her current capacity, she coordinates UNICEF’s work and provides technical advice to support the Vietnamese government’s reform of its legal and institutional framework, aimed at building a justice system that better serves and protects the rights of children in contact with the justice system. Nguyen holds an LLB from the Hanoi Law University (1990) and an LLM from Nagoya University Graduate School of Law (2002).

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