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  • Bruce Shapiro

    Executive Director

    Bruce Shapiro is Executive Director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism encouraging innovative reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide. An award-winning reporter on human rights, criminal justice and politics, Shapiro is a contributing editor at The Nation and U.S. correspondent for Late Night Live on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National. He is Adjunct Professor and Senior Advisor for Academic Affairs at Columbia, where he teaches journalism ethics. His books include Shaking the Foundations: 200 Years of Investigative Journalism in America and Legal Lynching: The Death Penalty and America's Future. Shapiro is recipient of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Public Advocacy Award for "outstanding and fundamental contributions to the social understanding of trauma." He is a founding board member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network.

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  • Kate Black

    Director, Programs and Partnerships

    Kate Black is Director of Programs and Partnerships for the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a global project that encourages innovative and ethical news coverage on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide. She oversees the Dart Center’s programs and activities worldwide, including the Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, the Ochberg Fellowships, the Early Childhood Reporting Initiative, as well as specialized workshops, trainings, and public events. For seven years prior to joining the Dart Center, Kate was a program officer at the Open Society Foundations where she directed the Soros Justice Fellowships and founded and directed the Katrina Media Fellowships, each $1 million grantmaking programs.

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  • Elana Newman

    University of Tulsa
    Research Director

    Elana Newman, McFarlin Professor of Psychology at the University of Tulsa, is the Research Director for the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. A past president of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, she co-directed the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma’s first satellite office in NYC after 9/11.

    Dr. Newman’s scholarly work in journalism and trauma focuses on understanding the occupational health of journalists who cover traumatic events, evaluating training needs, analyzing trauma-related news, and examining the effects of journalistic practice on consumers and individuals covered in the news. She directed the development of a bibliographic database to help teachers and scholars access information about trauma and journalism, and trains journalists in trauma science, best psychological practice for interviewing survivors, self-care and best practices within newsrooms. Dr. Newman also trains clinicians and researchers on how they can better collaborate with journalists.

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  • Erin Smith

    Dart Centre Asia Pacific
    CEO

    Dr. Erin Smith (PhD) is the CEO of the Dart Centre Asia Pacific. A longtime advocate for supporting the mental health and wellbeing of first responders and those impacted by trauma, Dr. Smith is a board director for the World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine and the Australian First Responder Foundation, an editorial board director for the journals Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, the Journal of High Threat and Austere Medicine, and the Journal of Addictive Diseases, and she writes a regular column for the Australian Emergency Services Magazine. Her research can also be found published widely in academic journals and online media including in The Conversation, where her commentary on the Australian bushfires, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the COVID-19 pandemic have reached a global audience of over 600 million. 

  • Kimina Lyall

    Dart Centre Asia Pacific
    Deputy CEO

    Dr Kimina Lyall (DPsych, clinical) is a former journalist with The Australian newspaper and Time Australia. During her 15 year career as a reporter, she worked across the paper, on stories as diverse as politics, the Olympics, features and as Southeast Asia correspondent. During that posting she became a survivor of the Boxing Day tsunami, and later wrote a book on the experience Out of the Blue: Facing the Tsunami.

    She has been involved with the Dart Centre as a trainer since 2008 and was a director on the Dart Centre Asia Pacific board up until 2015. She has had a successful career as an executive with Australian Unity, and is currently practicing as a psychologist. She commenced her role as Deputy CEO of Dart Centre Asia Pacific in February 2020.
     
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  • Gavin Rees

    Dart Center
    Senior Advisor for Training and Innovation
    Gavin Rees is the Dart Center's Senior Advisor for Training and Innovation. For many years, Gavin Rees was the director of Dart Centre Europe. Responsible for implementing the Centre’s work across Europe, Gavin ran workshops and discussion groups on trauma awareness, resilience and interviewing skills for working journalists and journalism students in a range of countries around the world.  
     
    Prior to working at the Dart Centre, Gavin produced business and political news for US, British and Japanese news channels, and has worked on drama and documentary films for the BBC, Channel 4 and independent film companies. He was a leading producer on the BBC film Hiroshima, which won an  International Emmy in 2006. He is a visiting fellow in the Media School at Bournemouth University, a board member of the UK Psychological Trauma Society, and was a board member of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies for more than ten years. 
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  • Ariel Ritchin

    Senior Producer, Content & Programs

    Ariel Ritchin is the Senior Producer for the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, a project of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism encouraging innovative reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide. He directs and oversees all editorial content and leads strategic and digital initiatives, while managing specialized programs, workshops and trainings for reporters all over the worldAriel is also a multimedia journalist and documentary filmmaker whose audio and video work has appeared on Life of the Law, NBC News and PBS Newshour, among others. He has previously worked in the multimedia department at the ACLU and as a video editor for Lucky Tiger Productions. He is a Logan Nonfiction Fellow, a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow and a Posse Foundation Scholar. Ariel holds an M.S. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from Middlebury College. 

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  • Amantha Perera

    Dart Centre Asia Pacific
    Project Lead
    Amantha Perera is a Project Lead for the Dart Centre Asia Pacific and a foreign correspondent based in Melbourne, Australia. He covers the Asia Pacific region with special interest in conflict, post conflict situations, humanitarian disasters and climate change. He works as a contributor for TIMEReuters/Alertnet, the Inter Press News Service – IPS and the Integrated Regional Information Network – IRIN. Perera is currently pursuing post-graduate research on online trauma threats faced by journalists at CQUniveristy in Melbourne. You can follow him on Twitter at @AmanthaP.

     

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  • Isobel Thompson

    Resources Editor

    Isobel Thompson is the Dart Center's Resources Editor. She is also a freelance journalist who has written for The Economist, The Financial Times, OpenDemocracy, Vogue and The Face, among others. Formerly an editor and writer in Vanity Fair's London office, she studied English Literature at Trinity College Dublin and holds an M.A. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. You can follow her on Twitter at @isobelvthompson

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  • Jeanny Gering

    Dart Centre Europe
    Network Director

    Jeanny Gering is Network Director at Dart Centre Europe. She is a TV-News and Documentary Film producer in Germany. She has worked with international broadcasters like the BBC, CBS and Arte. She’s also a screenwriter. Jeanny has worked with Dart Centre Europe since 2012 in diverse roles. Since returning from parental leave Jeanny grows and strengthens the outstanding network of journalists and clinicians who are part of Dart Centre Europe. She coordinates Dart Centre Europe trainers and liaises with partner organisations interested in receiving training in trauma informed reporting and self care for journalists. Jeanny is passionate about listening to individual network members and supporting them in creating innovative, timely initiatives with Dart Centre Europe which support trauma informed journalism and a resilient journalism culture. As Network Manager Jeanny works closely with DCEs Development Director Juliana Ruhfus, as well as colleagues at Dart US and Dart Asia Pacific.

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  • Judith Matloff

    Senior Advisor, Safety Training

    Judith Matloff teaches crisis reporting at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. She trailblazed safety training for women and media organizations around the world, helping hundreds of journalists survive an increasingly dangerous world. Over 40 years as a journalist, she has covered top international stories including Rwanda’s genocide, apartheid and the rise of Vladimir Putin. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, the Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal. Earlier in her career, Matloff headed the Moscow and Africa bureaus of the Christian Science Monitor and she spent a decade reporting for Reuters from various countries.

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  • Juliana Ruhfus

    Development Director

    Juliana Ruhfus is the Development Director Dart Centre Europe. She is a multi-award winning filmmaker, presenter and executive producer specialised in investigative and current-affairs
    programming for global broadcasters. Juliana was selected as a Dart Centre Ochberg Fellow in 2012 and joined the board of trustees for the Dart Centre Europe shortly later. Amidst a growing mental health awareness in newsrooms Juliana sees research-based trauma-awareness as key to ensuring that not just media practitioners but also vulnerable contributors are treated with the necessary care and respect. Since November 2021 Juliana has been leading DCE's transition into a more decentralised European organisation with a growing number of fundable trauma and journalism programmes that reflect the changing news environment and the needs of journalists and media organisations.

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  • Meenal Thakur

    Dart Centre Europe
    Project Manager

    Meenal Thakur is a project manager, solutions journalism trainer and former journalist. She currently divides her time between Dart Center Europe as a Project Manager where she is supporting the growth and new partnerships of DCE and Prague-based Transitions where she is developing and managing solutions journalism programmes in Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to this, she was a Project Manager at Maastricht-based European Journalism Centre where she managed multiple European journalism grants programmes focused on cross-border investigations, solutions journalism and development reporting. She is experienced in working with journalists and freelancers in Europe, South and SouthEast Asia and Africa on different solutions journalism related projects and training. Meenal has also worked on press freedom advocacy at Amsterdam-based Free Press Unlimited and as a politics and policy journalist in India.

     
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Dart Asia Pacific Board

  • Tony Gillies

    Director

    Tony Gillies has been a journalist and editor for 40 years. He is the former Editor in Chief of the Australian Associated Press, where he had full editorial and commercial responsibility for 16 years, navigating the national newswire agency through profound industry change. Until recently, he was also President of the global news agency network MINDS International. Prior to his time at the Australian Associated Press, Tony spent almost 25 years in newspaper publishing as a reporter, editor and editorial trainer.

  • Trina McLellan

    Dart Centre Asia Pacific
    Acting Chair

    Trina McLellan has been a member of Dart Centre Asia Pacific since its inception and has previously served as a board director during its first five years. She has been a working journalist and journalism educator since 1982 and has worked in print, online and radio. Trina currently works as a supervising producer with ABC News Digital, based in Brisbane, Queensland. Over the years, on Dart’s behalf, Trina has delivered various forms of trauma awareness and trauma-informed interview skills training to tertiary students, community radio presenters, newsroom journalists and visiting overseas journalists (via an AusAid program) and, online, for the former Commonwealth Broadcasting Association. Trina has taught journalism and photojournalism students at the Queensland University of Technology, the University of Queensland, the University of Southern Queensland, the University of the Sunshine Coast and Griffith University. She has also prepared university journalism students to safely cover Brisbane’s 2014 G20 Meeting and the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. With a B.Bus-Comn (Journ), MA (Research), Trina’s 2003 MA thesis – The Impact of News Reporting on Victims and Survivors of Traumatic Incidents – was described as "groundbreaking" in what was then an emerging field of Australian research.

  • Cait McMahon

    Dart Centre Asia Pacific

    Cait McMahon OAM, PhD is a registered psychologist and the founding managing director of Dart Centre Asia Pacific since 2003. Dart Asia Pacific has its headquarters in Melbourne, Australia and holds trainings and other programs throughout the Asia Pacific region. McMahon has been interested in the nexus of journalism and trauma since working as staff counsellor at The Age newspaper in Melbourne in the mid 1980’s and 90’s. This interest pushed her to pursue postgraduate research on trauma exposed journalists in 1993 with subsequent publications. Her PhD focused on Australian trauma reporting journalists, post-traumatic stress and post-traumatic growth. Cait has received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), one of Australia’s highest civil accolades, for her work with journalists and trauma. 

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Dart Europe Board

  • Angelina Fusco

    DCE Board Chair, 2014 Senior Fellow, 2012 Ochberg Fellow

    Angelina Fusco is Chair of Dart Centre Europe, and one of its associate trainers in journalism and trauma. She was a recipient of a Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship in 2012 and was a Senior Fellow in 2014.

    Fusco is a communications and media trainer for the Belfast company, Channel56 and sits on Ofcom's Advisory Committee in Northern Ireland and is a former member of the organisation's Content Board. She is on the Board of Tourism NI and Chair of its audit & risk committee. Angelina served two terms at the  National Lottery Heritage Fund, NI.

    Fusco is a communications and media trainer for the Belfast company, Channel56 and sits on Ofcom's Advisory Committee in Northern Ireland and is a former member of the organisation's Content Board. She is on the Board of Tourism NI and Chair of its audit & risk committee. Angelina served two terms at the  National Lottery Heritage Fund, NI.

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  • Stefan Borg

    Director

    Stefan Borg is a senior foreign news correspondent and commentator at the TV4 Sweden news department. For more than twenty years he has reported from around the world on politics, conflicts and natural disasters. Stefan arrived early to cover the earth quakes in Haiti in 2010 and Nepal in 2015 as well as the typhoon in the Philippines in 2013. He has reported from the Balkan wars, the Middle East conflict including the first Gulf War 1991, the Gaza War 2014, the ”Arab Spring” in Egypt and the civil war in Libya 2011. Stefan was a New York based US Correspondent for TV4 1998-2003 and a Berlin based Eastern Europe correspondent for Swedish news paper Aftonbladet 1990-1992. Stefan has developed and handles travel security routines in hostile areas for TV4. He is a 2013 Ochberg Fellow.

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  • Patricia Deane

    Director

    A Chartered Member of the CIPD, Patricia Deane has extensive senior HR management experience and is currently the Head of People & Organisational Development at the Northern Ireland Hospice in Belfast. In a career spanning over 30 years Patricia has led teams of HR professionals in the public, private and Third sectors in Northern Ireland including, broadcasting and print media, retail and more recently in Hospices in Northern Ireland.  

    Committed to achieving and maintaining effective HR practices that deliver for the business, Patricia has a proven track record in leadership and management development, change management and employee relations. An ILM accredited coach, Patricia works to embed a coaching culture into organisations and see this approach as the best way to enhance knowledge and skills and grow the potential of staff to develop into effective managers and leaders of the future.

    A Graduate of the University of Ulster, she holds a Humanities Degree in French and Politics, a Masters in Business Administration, and Post-Graduate Certificates and Diplomas in Human Resources and in Learning & Development.

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  • Dr. Barbara Hans

    Director

    As a journalist, I worked for many years at SPIEGEL ONLINE and DER SPIEGEL: as editor, reporter, head of department and editor-in-chief. I have been rewarded as “Editor-in-Chief of the Year”. As a coach and consultant, I work with individuals and teams. This often involves personal and strategic development, conflict resolution and the digital transformation of organisations.

    I have worked as a researcher at the universities of Münster, Hamburg, Sussex (UK) and at Columbia University, New York, and completed my doctorate with a multidisciplinary thesis on trust. Trust has been the focus of my scientific research for about 20 years and it forms the bracket of my academic and practical work: trust as a prerequisite for successful journalism, successful leadership and the basis of an innovative corporate culture.

    As a communication scientist, I deal with the (re)gaining and loss of trust. Because trust is a prerequisite for all successful communication. Since the boundaries between coaching and therapy are sometimes fluid, it is helpful to understand issues even more deeply. Therefore, I have completed additional training and also work as a systemic therapist. This knowledge enriches my trainings, especially on trauma and journalism and self-care/resilience.

    I have been involved with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (NY) since 2005 and am working as a director of Dart Center Europe since 2021. I developed the first curriculum for journalism and trauma in Europe and taught it at universities and journalism schools. As a trainer I work with editorial offices on issues around trauma, self-care and ethical reporting. For more Information about my work and background: www.barbarahans.de

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  • Zahera Harb

    Director

    Dr. Zahera Harb is director of MA International Journalism and MA Media and Globalisation (Erasmus Mundus) programs at City University of London. Her publications include an edited collection titled “Reporting the Middle East: the Practice of News in the 21st Century” (IB Tauris 2017) and an edited collection with Dina Matar titled “Narrating Conflict in the Middle East: Discourse, Image and Communication Practices in Palestine and Lebanon” (IB Tauris 2013) and a monograph titled “Channels of Resistance: Liberation Propaganda Hezbollah and the Media“ (IB Tauris, 2011). She has published widely on Journalism and Politics in the Arab region. She is co-editor of Bloomsbury-IB Tauris book series with Dr Dina Matar on “Political Communication and Media Practices in the Middle East and North Africa”. She is co-editor of Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication. She is Associate editor of the internationally renowned top ranking academic journal Journalism Practice.

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  • Stephen Jukes

    Board Chair

    Stephen Jukes is Professor of Journalism at Bournemouth University's Faculty of Media & Communication, one of the largest of its kind in Europe with an international reputation for combining research, teaching and professional practice. His research focuses on areas of objectivity and emotion in news with an emphasis on trauma and conflict journalism. He was previously a foreign correspondent and editor at the international news agency Reuters. During a series of overseas postings he covered or oversaw coverage of stories ranging from the ousting of Margaret Thatcher to the fall of the Berlin Wall, two Gulf Wars and September 11. In his final position at Reuters, he was Global Head of News and executive editor for a series of books on the Middle East conflict.  He chairs the Dart Centre for Journalism & Trauma in Europe and is a trustee of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting.

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  • Sacha Mirzoeff

    Director

    Sacha Mirzoeff is an award-winning filmmaker, currently working as an Executive Producer at BBC Bristol overseeing the documentary output. He specialises in social issue documentaries shot over long periods of time. Mirzoeffs's credits include Protecting our Children, Charles Darwin and The Tree of Life, My Foetus, Witch Child and Shooting Under Fire, and his awards include the Deutsche Fersehpreis and the Grierson award, in addition to multiple BAFTA nominations.

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  • Gill Moreton

    Director

    Gill is a psychological therapist at the Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress in Edinburgh specialising in the treatment of adults who have developed traumatic stress reactions. She is involved in training and research in the UK and internationally, and has a particular interest in work with emergency service personnel and other staff with occupational exposure to potentially traumatic stressors.

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Country Contacts

  • Klas Backholm

    Country Contact, Finnish Network

    Klas Backholm is a journalism and trauma researcher at the Developmental Psychology Department at Åbo Akademi University in Vaasa, Finland, where he specialises in the psychology of crisis situations. Since the beginning of 2008, Backholm has been involved in creating a Dart network in Finland. Klas is currenlty involved in research projects focusing on risk factors for psychological impairment in journalists working with mass shootings, and on journalists' usage of social media platforms during crisis-related work assignments. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the psychological well-being of journalists after crisis-related work. Prior to become a lecturer, Klas worked as a news journalist at the Finnish Broadcasting Company.

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  • Anne Bourges

    Country Contact, French Network

    Anne Bourges is a journalist on the French daily newspaper La Montagne. For more than 15 years she has been covering crime, social affairs and general news. She began writing for French regional papers in the early 1990s after a period working on publications in Canada. Since 2007 she has been involved in creating a Dart network for France and the Francophone world.
     

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  • Elaine Cobbe

    Country Contact, French Network

    Elaine Cobbe is a seasoned news journalist with more than 20 years of experience of covering international events. A correspondent for CBS News, she is based in Paris and has reported from around the world, including Iraq, Kosovo and Rwanda. She is also a regular commentator of French news on radio in Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand.

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  • Liselotte Englund

    Country Contact, Scandinavian Network

    Liselotte Englund is Head of Department (Prefect) of Environmental and Life Sciences; Faculty of Health, Science and Technology at Karlstad University, Sweden. She is also Assistant Professor of Media and Communication Studies, stationed at Risk Management. Besides she is a member of the Universitys’ Executive Committes at Center for Public Safety and Health Academy. She is a former postdoctoral fellow at the National Centre of Disaster Psychiatry at Uppsala University and a freelance journalist who runs her own company, Liselotte Englund Media AB.

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  • Chiung-wen (Julia) Hsu

    Country Contact, Chinese-Speaking Network

    Chiung-wen (Julia) Hsu is an associate professor of College of Communication at National Cheng Chi University in Taiwan. She has a PhD in communication from the State University of New York at Buffalo and she has been working on media coverage of victims since 2004. 

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  • Trond Idås

    Country Contact, Scandinavian Network

    Trond Idås is an advisor for the Norwegian Union of Journalists, and is responsible for national courses in safety and trauma training for professional journalists. He lectures in journalism and truama at Oslo University College.

     

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  • Milorad Ivanovic

    Country Contact, Balkan Network

    Milorad Ivanovic is the deputy editor-in-chief of Blic, the largest Serbian daily newspaper. He was previously the paper’s foreign affairs editor and has a special interest in investigative and cross-border journalism. Milorad founded the Media Focus, Center for Investigative Journalism in Serbia and is on the board of SCOOP, a network of investigative journalists working in East and Southeastern Europe.
     

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  • Jana D. Javakhishvili

    Dart Centre Europe
    Contact, South Caucasus Network

    Jana (Darejan) Javakhishvili is a Georgian psychologist who has been working in trauma research, training and treatment since 1995. She provides psychological assistance to individuals who have been traumatized in armed incidents. Javakhishvili is heavily engaged in the field of conflict transformation as a facilitator for peace building events in Georgia and the South Caucasus. She supervises projects focused on mental health care reforms in the South Caucasus and Central Asia at the Tbilisi office of the Global Initiative on Psychiatry.

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  • Olga Kravtsova

    Country Contact, Russian Network

    Olga Kravtsova, a former Fulbright Scholar in residence at the University of Washington, coordinates Dart Center activities in Russia.  Kravtsova has a background in psychology, holds a PhD degree from Moscow State University and has worked with different traumatized populations such as rape survivors and forced migrants since 1994. She has studied human rights, trauma and related issues and is co-author of two books and several articles on the psychology of trauma and social tolerance.

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