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Jacqueline Bhabha, J.D.

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Jacqueline Bhabha is FXB Director of Research, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, and an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She received a first class honors degree and an M.Sc. from Oxford University, and a J.D. from the College of Law in London.

From 1997 to 2001 Bhabha directed the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago. Prior to 1997, she was a practicing human rights lawyer in London and at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. She has published extensively on issues of transnational child migration, refugee protection, children's rights and citizenship. She is the editor of Children Without A State (2011), author of Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age (2014), and editor of Human Rights and Adolescence ( 2014).

Bhabha serves on the board of the Scholars at Risk Network, the World Peace Foundation and the Journal of Refugee Studies. She is also a founder of the Alba Collective, an international women's NGO currently working with rural women and girls in developing countries to enhance financial security and youth rights.

Current Research Projects:

-“Safe Passage: Leveraging Population Data to Improve Protection for Migrants migrating within and from West and Central Africa – West and Central Africa” – report with the International Organization on Migration
-“Returning Home? The reintegration challenges facing child and youth returnees from Libya to Nigeria and Sudan – Libya, Nigeria, Sudan” – report with the International Organization on Migration
-“Human trafficking and Migrant farmworkers: Opportunities for migrant health clinics – US” [In Development}
-An integrative approach to addressing health care delivery for migrant populations in movement through Monterrey, Mexico. – Mexico
-Barriers in accessing antenatal care in asylum-seeking/refugee women: a cross-site comparison of Greece, Mexico, and the US.
-Ignored but Suspect: An investigation into the Stigmatization of Canada’s Roma Minority – Canada
-Book project: “Time for reparation? Addressing state responsibility for collective injustice” (expected publication in December 2020)
-Bhabha et al, A Better Future: The role of Higher Education for Displaced and Marginalized People (2020 Cambridge University Press forthcoming in August 2020).
-Child Protection Certificate program
-Child Protection Executive Education Course
-Harvard X – Child Protection: Children’s Rights in Theory and Practice
-Romani Realities in the U.S.
-Roma in Canada Project: The FXB Center (USA) and Concordia University (Canada) propose a qualitative study involving Romani and non-Romani people in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area (GTHA), Canada. The project constitutes the basis for Harvard’s and other universities’ Roma related research projects into the Americas. This research project will explore experiences of stigma by Romani people in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area, Canada. We also aim to explore perceptions and perspectives of Canadians in relation to Romani people, anti-Roma discrimination and stigma. Both universities will undertake IRB processes and will follow the ethics requirements mandatory in each country.

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  1. Sullivan MM, Matache M, Peisch S, Bhabha J. Reproductive healthcare in immigration detention: The imperative of informed consent. Lancet Reg Health Am. 2022 Jun; 10:100211. PMID: 36777685; PMCID: PMC9903610.
  2. Corona Maioli S, Bhabha J, Wickramage K, Wood LCN, Erragne L, Ortega García O, Burgess R, Digidiki V, Aldridge RW, Devakumar D. International migration of unaccompanied minors: trends, health risks, and legal protection. Lancet Child Adolesc Health. 2021 12; 5(12):882-895. PMID: 34416189.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  3. Chakraborty R, Bhabha J. Fault Lines of Refugee Exclusion: Statelessness, Gender, and COVID-19 in South Asia. Health Hum Rights. 2021 Jun; 23(1):237-250. PMID: 34194216; PMCID: PMC8233015.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  4. Mahomed F, Bhabha J, Stein MA, Puras D. Establishing Good Practice for Human Rights-Based Approaches to Mental Health Care and Psychosocial Support in Kenya. Health Hum Rights. 2020 Dec; 22(2):139-153. PMID: 33390703; PMCID: PMC7762899.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  5. Digidiki V, Bhabha J. EU Migration Pact Fails to Address Human Rights Concerns in Lesvos, Greece. Health Hum Rights. 2020 Dec; 22(2):291-296. PMID: 33390714; PMCID: PMC7762917.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  6. Efevbera Y, Bhabha J. Defining and deconstructing girl child marriage and applications to global public health. BMC Public Health. 2020 Oct 15; 20(1):1547. PMID: 33054856.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. Matache M, Bhabha J. Anti-Roma Racism is Spiraling during COVID-19 Pandemic. Health Hum Rights. 2020 Jun; 22(1):379-382. PMID: 32669824; PMCID: PMC7348427.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  8. Bhatia A, Krieger N, Victora C, Tuladhar S, Bhabha J, Beckfield J. Analyzing and improving national and local child protection data in Nepal: A mixed methods study using 2014 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) data and interviews with 18 organizations. Child Abuse Negl. 2020 03; 101:104292. PMID: 31855666.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. Efevbera Y, Bhabha J, Farmer P, Fink G. Girl child marriage, socioeconomic status, and undernutrition: evidence from 35 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. BMC Med. 2019 03 08; 17(1):55. PMID: 30845984; PMCID: PMC6407221.
    Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. Bhabha J, Matache M, Marti TS. The Critical Role of Research in Advancing Romani's Right to Health. Health Hum Rights. 2017 Dec; 19(2):5-7. PMID: 29302158; PMCID: PMC5739352.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  11. Efevbera Y, Bhabha J, Farmer PE, Fink G. Girl child marriage as a risk factor for early childhood development and stunting. Soc Sci Med. 2017 07; 185:91-101. PMID: 28570927.
    Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. Healy J, Hope R, Bhabha J, Eyal N. Paying for antiretroviral adherence: is it unethical when the patient is an adolescent? J Med Ethics. 2017 03; 43(3):145-149. PMID: 27645199.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. Toma W, Bhabha J. Syrian refugees desperately need our help. CMAJ. 2013 Nov 05; 185(16):1464. PMID: 24130239; PMCID: PMC3826370.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Tucker JD, Kaufman J, Bhabha J, Kleinman A. Sex work and sexually transmitted infections in Asia: a biosocial analysis. J Infect Dis. 2011 Dec 01; 204 Suppl 5:S1203-5. PMID: 22043032; PMCID: PMC3205083.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  15. Bhabha J. GP antenatal clinics. Midwives Chron. 1983 Aug; 96(1147):278-9. PMID: 6554443.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
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