Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally


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Dr. James Milner 

Email: james [dot] milneratcarleton [dot] ca

Dr James Milner is associate professor at the Department for Political Science at the University of Carleton. He is a researcher, practitioner and policy adviser on issues relating to refugees, peace-building, African politics and the United Nations system. He has worked extensively in Eastern Africa and specifically on refugee policy in Tanzania. Among his publications are: Two steps forward, one step back: Understanding the shifting politics of refugee policy in Tanzania (Geneva: UNHCR, July 2013) and Refugees, the State and the Politics of Asylum in Africa (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). Dr Milner's knowledge of domestic conditions in Tanzania are related primarily to conditions that affect Tanzania's policies on protection and solutions for refugees.

Dr. Hansjörg Dilger

Email: hansjoerg [dot] dilgeratberlin [dot] de

Hansjörg Dilger is a Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin. He works on health issues and religion in rural and urban Tanzania, as well as on education, gender, and processes of urbanization and globalization more widely. Hansjörg has published on relationships of care and support and the interventions of NGOs and faith-based organizations in the context of HIV/AIDS. He has also done research on Christian and Muslim relations in urban settings and the way religious organizations have become involved in the establishing of schools and development projects.

Dr. Michael Jennings

Email: mj10atsoas [dot] ac [dot] uk

Michael Jennings is Chair of the Centre of African Studies, and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS. He works on Tanzanian politics and society, and on East African politics more widely. In relation to his experience of domestic issues in Tanzania, Michael has written reports for use in courts on politics and political violence, domestic violence and gender issues, and issues around homophobia and sexuality-based violence in Tanzania (as well as in Uganda).

Laura Young, JD, MPH

Email: prorightsllpatgmail [dot] com

Laura is a US-trained human rights lawyer based in Nairobi, Kenya who works across sub-Saharan Africa as a consultant on governance and human rights for USAID, the UN, governments, and international NGOs. Laura has published numerous articles and reports focused on conflict dynamics, gender, minority rights, transitional justice, migration, health, and other human rights issues in the African context. Laura has provided expert input for immigration and asylum cases in both the US and UK, focused on LGBT, FGM/C, domestic violence, trafficking, access to health services (including mental health and HIV), ex-combatants, ethnic minorities, disability access, police protection, and other key issues.

Mary-Anne Decatur (FGM/C)

Email: m_decaturatsoas [dot] ac [dot] uk

Mary-Anne Decatur is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her research in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania examines the ways in which Maasai and Chagga people conceptualize the practice of FGM/C on social, cultural, historical and medical grounds. This research analyses why FGM/C has persisted in Maasai communities and examines Chagga people’s narratives of how the practice has largely ended in their own communities. Her research explores further how differing understandings of FGM/C shape predominantly Chagga NGO and healthcare employees’ strategies for ending the practice in Maasai communities and influence Maasai interpretations of these campaigns. She has additionally published and given talks on her research examining relationships between activists and members of FGM/C practising communities at a London-based NGO.