Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally


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Richard Price 

email: rixsalatgmail [dot] com

Richard Price is Professor Emeritus at the College of William & Mary in the United States. He has previously taught at Yale and Johns Hopkins, where he was founding chair of the Department of Anthropology. He has studied Suriname since 1966, spending several years there, and has written extensively on the country. He has written a number of prize-winning books, among which are: Maroon Societies: Rebel Slave Communities in the Americas (1973); First Time: The Historical Vision of an Afro American People (1983); Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination (2008); and Rainforest Warriors: Human Rights on Trial (2011). In 2014 he was awarded the Premio Internacional Fernando Ortiz for his life work. He is comfortable in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Saamaka and other Suriname Maroon languages, and reads Dutch. He has served as an expert witness in asylum cases for Surinamers in courts in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia on multiple occasions.

Renzo Duin

email: renzo [dot] duinatanthro [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk

Renzo Duin received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Florida (2009), and has held teaching and research positions at the University of Florida (USA), Leiden University (Netherlands), and Oxford University (UK). Since 1996 he has conducted research in French Guiana and Suriname, in particular on the history of the indigenous peoples of the Upper Maroni Basin. He is comfortable in English, French, and Dutch, and reads German, Portuguese and Spanish. He has served as a mediator between indigenous Wayana people (in both Suriname and French Guiana) and the French legal system on several occasions.

Carrie Gibson

email: carrie [dot] gibsonatcantab [dot] net
Dr Carrie Gibson received her PhD in History from Cambridge University, and prior to this worked as a journalist for The Guardian and other publications. She is most currently the author of Empire’s Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day (Pan Macmillan, 2014) and is currently at work on a book about the Hispanic history of the United States. She has lived in or travelled extensively around the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico areas of Latin America (Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Colombia, Central America) but has also spent time in other islands in the region, as well as Guyana and Suriname in South America. Her interests as a historian and researcher include economic migration, human rights, slavery and human trafficking, ethnicity/race, gay rights/homophobia. She speaks Spanish and some French.