Klaudia Wegschaider, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Klaudia Wegschaider works on several migration-related projects at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, a major non-profit foundation in Germany. In July 2016, she graduated from the MSc in Migration Studies (distinction) at the University of Oxford, where she focussed on the intersection of migration and democracy. Prior to that, she completed her BA in Political Science (honours) and English Literature (honours) at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Klaudia is also a graduate of the United World College in Costa Rica.
Claudia Hartman, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Claudia Hartman is a DPhil student in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford. Her doctoral research proposes an ethics of care approach to social citizenship with regard to care work migration and care chains in the UK. Her research interests include transnational families, migration networks, and intersections of the body, labour practices, and mobility. Claudia holds an MSc in Migration Studies (distinction) from the University of Oxford and a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences (cum laude) from University College Maastricht.
Natália Ribeiro, Field Monitor Editor
Natália Ribeiro holds a BA in International Relations from the University of São Paulo, and an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. She has gained experience in the forced migration field working as an intern at UNHCR’s Protection Unity in Brasília as well as NGOs in Cape Town and São Paulo. She is currently pursuing a degree at the African Centre for Migration & Society focusing on asylum in Brazil, border control, and securitisation.
Asha Jibril, Field Monitor Editor
Asha is currently a Policy Analyst in Ottawa, Canada. She received a full scholarship from the University of Oxford to read for the MSc in Migration Studies program and earned a Distinction for her work in qualitative and quantitative research methods. She was elected President of the Oxford Migration Studies Society (2015-16), an organization that brings together researchers from the three world-leading migration research institutes at Oxford. Prior to this, she received a Bachelor of Arts (Distinction) from McGill University and worked with UNIDO, Amnesty International and various other organizations that focus on social-justice issues. Her work in film (‘Family Motel’ and ‘Citizens or Strangers’) has been showcased in festivals around the world and garnered international praise, including winning the 2008 Alex and Ruth Dworkin Award for the Promotion of Tolerance through Film.
Angela Navarro Fusillo, Policy Monitor Editor
Angela Navarro Fusillo holds an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. Her research focused on sexual violence along the migration route from the Northern Triangle to the United States. She is currently interning with UNHCR’s Resettlement Unit in Ibarra, Ecuador and has previously worked with an NGO that helped facilitate pro bono legal aid to unaccompanied minors from Central American residing in the United States. She received her BA in Philosophy from Smith College.
Joost Haagsma, Law Monitor Editor
Joost Haagsma is a refugee and asylum expert with a focus on country of origin information (COI). He works at the Dutch Council for Refugees as a COI researcher. Previously, he led a research project into the use of information by asylum lawyers and NGO workers for Asylos, a volunteer network that conducts COI research. Next to his research activities, he has been involved in providing legal aid to asylum seekers in the Netherlands. Joost graduated from the University of Oxford in 2016 with an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. For his master’s thesis, he conducted research on the use of COI in Eritrean asylum cases in the United Kingdom. He also holds an MSc in cultural anthropology from Utrecht University and a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University College Utrecht.
Ségolène Lapeyre, Law Monitor Editor
Ségolène Lapeyre is an LLB candidate at the London School of Economics (exp. 2018). She holds a BA (Honours) in Middle Eastern Studies from McGill University (2014) and an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford (2015). There, her research focused on Italy’s Mare Nostrum program as the basis for constructing a novel theory of humanitarian action, “Maternalism.” Ségolène has volunteered in legal administration at Asylum Aid (2015-2016) and worked with refugee populations in Lebanon and Israel/Palestine. Now completing the qualifying law degree, Ségolène hopes to pursue a career at the bar.
Helen Leung, First-Hand Section Editor
Helen Leung is the Global Strategy & Learning Lead of Asylum Access, a global organisation that aims to shift refugee response from one of emergency aid to one of agency and equitable participation using human rights advocacy and legal empowerment. She leads the organisation’s planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning in Tanzania, Thailand, Malaysia, Mexico and Ecuador. Prior to her current role, she worked with refugees and migrants in Hong Kong and Beijing, and supported community initiatives in Ghana and Uruguay. Helen holds an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford.
Thais Bessa, Academic Articles Editor
Thais is a Ph.D. candidate (University of Birmingham, UK) currently based in the USA. Her doctoral research is on child, early and forced marriage in situations of displacement, with a particular focus on Syrian forced migrants. Thais holds an MSc in Forced Migration (distinction) from the University of Oxford, where she has also carried out research on protracted displacement as a Visiting Fellow. In addition to her academic background, she has over 10 years of professional experience in programme management, programme funding and external relations at UN agencies (UNHCR and UN Women) and more recently at international NGO Anti-Slavery International.
Rachel Landry, Academic Articles Editor
Rachel Landry is currently a Policy and Advocacy Officer for Global Protection and Resettlement at the International Rescue Committee. She is also a non-resident Fellow for Refugee Policy at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law (CNS). Previously, Rachel was the Director of Special Projects at CNS and a Special Assistant at the Council on Foreign Relations. She completed her MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford in 2016 as a George Washington University (GWU) Shapiro Scholar. Rachel’s research focused on the criminalization of humanitarian assistance to refugees and her dissertation, “The ‘Humanitarian Smuggling’ of Refugees: Criminal Offence or Moral Obligation,” was published by Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre in October 2016. She received her BA in International Relations and French Language and Literature from GWU’s Elliott School of International Affairs.