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 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 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 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 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.