FXB Center Highlights: Fall 2019/Winter 2020

New Executive Director Natalia Linos

Natalia Linos joined the FXB Center in September 2019 from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with a wealth of global health and development experience. Since then she has organized the FXB 2019-20 doctoral cohort and spoken at several events, as well as managing the Center’s day-to-day affairs and future strategies.



Stigma and Access to Treatment

On October 10, 2019, the University of Michigan and Harvard University held the second joint summit on the opioid crisis: Stigma and Access to Treatment.

Watch the Video

Read an Interview with Dr. Bassett

Read the Gazette Coverage

Read an Op-Ed from Drs. Bassett and Brummett

Listen to the Special Opioid Podcast Episodes of Harvard Chan: This Week in Health

400 Years of Inequality

Read the Gazette coverage

Watch the Vital Strategies Breaking Bondage Event


2019-2021 Climate and Human Health Fellowship

To promote and protect the health of the most vulnerable people, the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard C-CHANGE), and the Department of Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are pleased to announce the launch of the Climate and Human Health Fellowship. The Fellowship, the first of its kind at Harvard University, and second in the country, will train physicians to examine and advance evidence-based policies that help build climate-resilient communities and health systems.

We welcome our inaugural fellow Dr. Caleb Dresser, instructor at Harvard Medical School, and emergency physician at the Beth Israel Lahey Health.

Learn more about the fellowship here.


Human Rights Day: Showing of the Flores Exhibits

In recognition of Human Rights Day on December 10, 2019, the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights hosted a special viewing of The Flores Exhibits. The Flores Exhibits, a project created by Waterwell and Broadway Advocacy Coalition, are a collection of short videos featuring artists, organizers, lawyers and immigrants reading sworn testimonies of children detained at the U.S. / Mexico Border in June 2019. Learn more about the project here.


World Migration Report 2020: Children and Unsafe Migration

FXB Center Director of Research Professor Jacqueline Bhabha co-authored a chapter, “Children and Unsafe Migration,” in World Migration Report 2020. The chapter examines unsafe international child migration, and the ongoing tension between migration governance and child protection imperatives. The chapter starts by detailing the different types of child migration globally, including their drivers, and issues related to the data on child migration. Next, it discusses key protection challenges affecting child migrants before going on to address current issues and evolving policies relating to them. The chapter then explores the main emerging challenges confronting child migrants. It concludes by reflecting on achievements and priorities still in need of attention. Read the chapter here.

TED Radio Hour Interview: How Does Racism Affect Your Health?

FXB Center Director Dr. Mary T. Bassett did an interview with NPR’s TED Radio Hour on the ways structural racism affects every aspect of health. The interview is one part of TED Radio Hour’s “Accessing Better Health” episode. Listen to Dr. Bassett’s interview here.

Op-Ed: Greece’s proposed ‘floating wall’ shows the failure of EU migration policies

FXB Center Instructor Vasileia Digidiki and Professor Jacqueline Bhabha, Director of Research, penned an op-ed about flaws of Greece’s “floating wall” proposal to deter migrants. In it, they write, “Like Trump’s wall, it will signal the intent to keep out migrants; and like Trump’s wall it will fail to do so.” The op-ed continues to highlight the harms of Europe’s migration policies and offers solutions. Read the op-ed in The Guardian.

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