Jill Alpes

Post-Deportation Monitoring Network Coordinator

Jill is a legal anthropologist and postdoc researcher at the migration law section VU Amsterdam and the CERI at Sciences Po Paris. Her current research is focused on return related risks for non-admitted migrants and the criminalisation of emigration. Jill holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam, an MA in development studies from Sciences Po Paris, and a BA in history and politics from the University of Sheffield. She is an experienced fieldwork researcher with a variety of sensitive state and non-state actors (e.g. consulate offices, airports, prisons, police posts and migration brokers). She has conducted missions in rural and urban Africa and Asia and has been teaching on human trafficking, development and international politics and migration law. She has been working on vulnerabilities and protection mechanisms for migrants, women and children in collaboration with UNESCO, the IOM, the Samu Social, and PICUM.

Gabriel Bonis

Gabriel Bonis completed his MA in International Relations from Queen Mary, University of London in 2014. In his dissertation, he analysed if the 2008 financial crisis led France and Germany to reduce their average asylum recognition rates between 2008 and 2013. He also holds a Honors Postgraduate degree in Politics and International Relations from the Foundation School of Sociology and Politics of Sao Paulo and a Honors BA in Social Communications/Journalism. He edits a blog of international affairs at CartaCapital magazine, one of the most prominent publications of Brazil, and is a Refugee Caseworker at the British Red Cross in London. Speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Kevin Fender

Kevin is currently studying for his undergraduate degree in Sociology with an emphasis on Law, Justice, and Social Control with minors in Political Science and Arabic at Chapman University in Orange, California. In Fall 2014, he was in Amman, Jordan conducting research for his senior thesis on the current conditions of human trafficking in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He speaks English and Arabic.

Andrew Kerr 

Andrew completed his BA in History at Somerville College, Oxford, in 2013. Since then he has studied the Graduate Diploma in Law at Oxford Brookes and is now studying the LLM Legal Practice Course in London. Andrew has taught in China and rural Western Sahara. 

Mel Moeinvaziri

Mel is currently pursuing an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford.  She holds an Honors BA in Political Science and a BA in International Studies from the University of Utah. Her master's thesis is focused on the post-deportation monitoring of rejected asylum seekers, states legal and moral obligrations to them, and the action of civil society to fill the protection gap left by states in regards to deportees. Upon completion of her MSc, she plans to return to the US to pursue a Juris Doctor and become an advocate for refugee’s legal rights. 

Vera Wriedt

Vera completed her BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University in 2014. She works as an intern for the Sexual Orientation and Identity (LGBTI) programme and is coordinating Oxford Migrant Solidarity, a group visiting detainees in Campsfield IRC near Oxford. Vera is fluent in English, German, and Spanish, and has good oral and written knowledge of French. Seeking to expand her academic and practical engagement with refugee rights, Vera plans to pursue an LLM in Human Rights with specific focus on refugees next year. 


For a list of our past volunteers, please see this list.