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Benjamin N. Lawrance, Ph.D.
Barber B. Conable, Jr. Endowed Professor of International Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology
Email: BNLRIT [dot] EDU
Benjamin N. Lawrance is the Conable Chair in International Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology. He has conducted field research in West Africa since 1997 and published extensively about political and social conditions. He has served as an expert witness in the asylum cases for over 130 West Africans in the US, Europe and Canada which have involved human trafficking, citizenship, statelessness, female genital cutting, gender issues, gender identity, ethnic and religious violence, and witchcraft accusations.
Dr Bruce Whitehouse
Dr Whitehouse conducted twelve months of ethnographic research in Brazzaville, Congo between 2003 and 2006. His book Migrants and Strangers in an African City, published in 2012 by Indiana University Press, examines the lives of Brazzaville's population of immigrants from the western Sahel region. More recently, Dr Whitehouse has carried out fieldwork in Bamako, Mali, where he was a Fulbright scholar (August 2011-June 2012) and visiting lecturer at the University of Bamako. He has published articles analyzing the Malian state and the reasons for its sudden collapse in 2012. He is also fluent in Banbara and French and speaks elementary Modern Standard Arabic.
Laura Young, JD, MPH
Email: lyoungprorightsconsulting [dot] com
Laura is a US-trained human rights lawyer based in Nairobi, Kenya who works across sub-Saharan Africa as a consultant on governance and human rights for USAID, the UN, governments, and international NGOs. Laura has published numerous articles and reports focused on conflict dynamics, gender, minority rights, transitional justice, migration, health, and other human rights issues in the African context. Laura has provided expert input for immigration and asylum cases in both the US and UK, focused on LGBT, FGM/C, domestic violence, trafficking, access to health services (including mental health and HIV), ex-combatants, ethnic minorities, disability access, police protection, and other key issues.
Dr Virginie Baudais
Email: virginiebaudaisyahoo [dot] fr
Dr Virginie Baudais is a political scientist with expertise in west-african politics. She holds a PhD in political science from the University of Toulouse I and also graduated from science po Toulouse and the University of Rennes II Haute-Bretagne. Her expertise includes democratization processes, state building, decentralization and elections focusing on the west-african region. Her international experience includes having lived and worked in Côte d’Ivoire and Mali for the UN, in Tunisia, and she conducted extensive field researches in Mali and Niger.