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Experts on countries of origin by country

Abramowitz, Sharon

Sharon Abramowitz is a sociologist, anthropologist, and global health expert based in Boston, MA, USA with specializations in conflict, health, mental health, West Africa, gender, children, and disasters. She has experience providing written and oral expert reports in the USA and the United Kingdom on social, political, economic, and health issues.

Occupation: Medical Anthropologist/Global Health Consultant - Research Faculty, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University Collaborating Expert - Conflict, Health, and Resilience Program, MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University Advisory Board Member - Journal of Humanitarian Affairs Regularly consulted about issues pertaining to conflict-affected regions or humanitarian disaster-affected areas in African and non-Africal contexts
Countries of expertise: Cote d`Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone

Birchall, John

The Expert reads all relevant papers relating to a client free of charge and produces a short report on the case details. He relates these to the evidence already given and how he considers the subsequent hearing will be influenced by these. He rejects requests, if he feels there is very little chance of the client being offered permission to remain. He accepts payment in instalments.

Occupation: Lecturer in Development Economics
Countries of expertise: Cameroon, Congo (Republic of), Cote d`Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Namibia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Brown, Ryan Lenora

The Expert is a general interest journalist based in South Africa covering sub-Saharan Africa. He writes often about gender, migration and society across the region. He also has experience in writing expert reports for asylum cases in the United States.

Occupation: Africa Bureau Chief, The Christian Science Monitor (Journalist)
Countries of expertise: Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe

Knörr, Jacqueline

Professor, Head of Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Martin Luther University, Halle/S., Germany. 15 years of experience preparing expert reports concerning the issues mentioned under “Expertise: Areas of expertise”.

Occupation: Head of the Research Group “Integration and Conflict along the Upper Guinea Coast“ at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Extraordinary Professor at the Martin Luther University, Halle/S., Germany
Countries of expertise: Gambia, Guinea, Indonesia, Liberia, Nigeria, Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone

Monekosso, Ticky

Journalist and researcher, with more than twenty years experience reporting on human rights, development issues and related humanitarian affairs. Has prepared a number of expert witness reports for the UK, USA and the Netherlands. Extensive base of complementary knowledge in Francophone Africa. 

Occupation: Journalist and Researcher specialising in Sub-Sahara Africa
Countries of expertise: Angola, Cameroon, Congo (Republic of), Cote d`Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone

O’Reilly, Karen

The Expert began working for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2006, and since then has worked as a Protection Officer and Resettlement Expert on deployment or mission in Uganda, Kenya, the Central African Republic, Senegal, Guinea and Jordan. She has interviewed and reviewed the cases of several thousand refugees in West and East Africa and the Middle East. She has researched, written and reviewed country of origin information for more than a thousand UNHCR resettlement applications. Between UNHCR deployments she has worked in a volunteer capacity with recently resettled refugees in the US through the refugee resettlement programs administered by Catholic Charities and Lutheran Family Services.

The Expert holds MAs in English Literature (University of Edinburgh) and Understanding and Securing Human Rights (University of London, with Distinction). Before working with UNHCR, she was a human rights educator for Amnesty International. 

The Expert is also a writer who has published extensively on human rights and development education, globalization and conflict, refugee experiences, and travel in Africa and the Middle East. Her book on refugee experiences in East Africa is forthcoming in late 2019.

Occupation: Refugee Resettlement Expert, Writer
Countries of expertise: Burundi, Central African Republic, Cote d`Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Iraq, Kuwait, Liberia, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda