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Richard Sollom, MPH, MA


Richard Sollom is Senior Results-Based Management Officer with the UN Refugee Agency where he provides strategic guidance to field operations to improve the protection of forcibly displaced populations. He is also Senior Fellow and Visiting Scientist at Harvard’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. Sollom has more than 20 years of experience working with both inter- and non-governmental organizations in the human rights and humanitarian fields. Prior to UNHCR, Sollom was Consultant with the Investigations Division, Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, and served with the UN as Human Rights Officer (Somalia), Protection Officer (Burundi), and Human Rights Observer (Haiti). He has conducted human rights investigations in 25 countries and has interviewed more than 1,000 victims of human rights abuse and survivors of torture. His academic interest centers on the application of field epidemiology to quantify international crimes and human rights violations. Sollom is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Harvard University.

Benjamin H. Leaman, MFA

Communications Coordinator

Benjamin Leaman communicates through writing, editing, design, photography, and videography on behalf of the center. He provides marketing and communications strategy to the diverse team of fellows and faculty. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Boston University.

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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


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. The Wilson Quarterly recently published his analysis of the need for the United States and Mexico to join together to fight organized crime, and why it has not happened yet. 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. Watch a talk he gave at the FXB Center in April 2017 on Escaping from Criminal Violence in Central America, México, and the US: Migrants or Refugees? Click here to view.

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Victoria Fan, ScD


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


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


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


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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