February 11, 2020

Note from the Director

Welcome to the newsletter of the  François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. Read on to learn about highlights from the last few months , new FXB Center research, and upcoming spring events.
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Director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights and FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Click on the poster for the link to videos from the Summit.
In October, we held the Harvard University and University of Michigan summit on the opioid crisis: Stigma and Access to Treatment, which FXB Director Dr. Mary T. Bassett cochaired with the University of Michigan's Dr. Chad Brummett. More than 400 people attended, with people from 14 countries watching online. We had help from so many, including the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's Dean Office, the Office of the Harvard President, our University of Michigan colleagues. We particularly thank those with lived experience: their contributions added so much, as did the many references to racial disparities in treatment. 
Learn more about the overdose crisis from listening to a podcast (each has a transcript):
We also gained a new executive director ( Natalia Linos), launched a Climate and Human Health Fellowship (Caleb Dresser), celebrated the 30-year anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child with a searing panel, and marked Human Rights Day by a showing of the Flores Exhibits. Want more highlights? We've created a blog with  additional information about the items here, and much more!
Breaking News: The FXB Center stands with Sergio Aguayo, FXB fellow, journalist, and professor, who has been ordered to pay 10 million pesos to a state governor for "moral damages" based on a column Aguayo wrote on corruption.
Before, Not After II: An Evaluation of CINI's Preventative Approach to Child Protection in India   

By Elizabeth Donger and Jacqueline Bhabha  
Development of harm protection strategies, rather than interventions after harm, are desperately needed to protect children. This report documents and evaluates the community-based, harm prevention strategies employed by the children rights nonprofit, Child in Need Institute (CINI), in India. CINI staff's facilitation and "systems strengthening" improved functioning of the local child protection system in West Bengal.  
Read more here.
Returning Home? The Reintegration Challenges Facing Children and Youth Returnees from Libya to Nigeria
By Vasileia Digidiki and Jacqueline Bhabha  
This FXB Center for Health and Human Rights / International Organization for Migration (IOM) report documents the serious challenges that young migrants who return home from Libya to Nigeria often meet as they reintegrate into society. It highlights the dangers and risks that children and young people from Sub-Saharan Africa face while migrating.
Read more here.
Health and Human Rights Celebrates 25 Years and Gains a Co-Publisher    
Marking its 25th year of publication, HHR dedicates its December issue to the FXB Center cofounders, Albina du Boisrouvray and Jonathan Mann, who also founded the journal. The Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health is now joining the FXB Center as co-publisher of the journal. Read more here.

"No Health, No Justice: The Black Panther Party's Fight for Health in Boston and Beyond"  in Journal of African American Studies  by FXB Director Dr. Mary T. Bassett

Harvard Educational Review by 2019-20 Doctoral Cohort Member Gabe Schwartz,  along with Todd Grindal, Laura Schifter, and Thomas Hehir 

"A European Collective Racist Consciousness?" in the  Roma Review  by Director of the FXB Roma program, Dr. Margareta Matache
American Journal of Public Health, Special Issue: Documenting and Addressing the Health Impacts of Carceral Systems  
FXB director Mary Bassett, guest-edits this special issue on incarceration and health, with David Cloud, Jasmine Graves, Robert Fullilove, and Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein. She also reviews From Enforcers to Guardians: A Public Health Primer on Ending Police Violence. Jacquelyn Jahn, a member of the 2019-20 FXB doctoral cohort, argues for a wider examination of the effects of incarceration on communities in "A Multilevel Approach to Understanding Mass Incarceration and Health: Key Directions for Research and Practice."  Read more here. 

February 25, 12-1pm A Conversation with Ambassador Samantha Power

Please join the Takemi Program in International Health and the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University for a special conversation with Ambassador Samantha Power, moderated by Dr. Jesse Bump, executive director of the Takemi Program. Lunch included; RSVP necessary. For more information. 

April 28-30 at the European University Institute
Taught by FXB's Jacqueline Bhabha and Vasileia Digidiki, along with Gabrielle Sanchez of the Migration Policy Centre, this seminar will address practical child protection challenges that emerge in the context of migration. Civil servants and members of NGOs receive a 25% discount on tuition costs. Learn more about this executive training collaboration between the European University Institute's School of Transnational Governance and the FXB Center.
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April 3, 9:30am-6pm -- Intersectional Discrimination: the Roma Case
The eighth annual Roma conference at Harvard, organized by the FXB Center Roma Project director, Dr. Margareta Matache, and cosponsored by the Central European University.
April 7, 6-8pm -- Slavery on Trial
In collaboration with the Institutional Anti-Racism and Accountability Project at the Harvard Kennedy School. Dr. Mary T. Bassett moderates; Drs. Margarete Matache, Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Tiya Miles,Walter Johnson, Miriam Aschkenasy, and Suraj Yengde speak.
Image: "Chains and Other Instruments Used by Slave Traders, 19th cent." 
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