Director, Refugee programme
As director of the Refugee Programme, my main responsibilities are organisational development and human resources management, strategic and financial planning, fundraising, leadership of international projects, research and capacity-building. I have been working in the field of asylum since 2000, and I am a proud member of the Helsinki Committee team since 2002. My particular professional interests in this field are evidence and credibility assessment in asylum procedures; interdisciplinary (psychological, intercultural, linguistic and gender) issues related to asylum; human rights safeguards concerning the detention of migrants; the law of nationality and statelessness; as well as innovative training, communication and capacity-building methods in the field of human rights and forced migration. I have also extensively researched and published on these issues. I am a passionate international, multilingual trainer: in the past fifteen years I had the privilege to teach over four thousand lawyers, judges, public administration and police officers, journalists, professors, NGO workers and staff members of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) from all continents of the world, on various topics related to asylum, migration and statelessness. I am the president of the European Network on Statelessness (ENS), a founding member of the Latin American Academic Network on the Law and Integration of Refugees (Red LAREF) and an external expert cooperating with the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN).
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