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Karen O’Reilly

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, including a book on refugee experiences published in November 2019. She has written more than 100 country expert reports.

Name
Karen O’Reilly
Occupation
Writer, Refugee Resettlement Expert
Expertise

The Expert has worked for UNHCR in Uganda, Kenya, the Central African Republic, Senegal, Guinea and Jordan, and interviewed and reviewed the cases of several thousand refugees in West and East Africa and the Middle East about their experiences in their countries of origin and asylum. She has researched, written and reviewed country of origin information for more than a thousand UNHCR resettlement applications.

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.

The Expert is also the Ethiopia expert for the Bertelsmann Transformation Index. 

She has written more than fifty country expert reports for lawyers in both the UK and the US.

Experience

The Expert has written over 50 expert reports for countries in West, Central and East Africa and the Middle East for lawyers in the UK and US.

Languages
English (native language) and French (proficient)
Ethnic groups expertise
All minority ethnic groups in Somalia, Oromos and Ogadens in Ethiopia, non-Arabs in Sudan, and many others.
Political groups expertise
High-level members of the Ba’ath party and military from Iraq, OLF members / supporters in Ethiopia, and many others.
Religious groups expertise
Christians / “apostates” from Somalia, Christians and Muslims from the Central African Republic, Sunnis, Shiahs, Christians and Yazidis from Iraq, and many others.
Other social groups expertise
LGBTQ+ community, women who have survived sexual violence, survivors of violence and torture, FGM
Fees
[Private to EIN members]
Contact email
Phone
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Address
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