Contributors

Janine Bonnet

Janine Bonnet is the lead doctor for the Manchester office of Freedom from Torture (a charity supporting survivors of torture seeking protection in the United Kingdom), and a part-time general practitioner in North Wales. She also has oversight of the Manchester Health Assessment Service, in which experienced GPs carry out extended health consultations with Freedom from Torture clients. She has also trained in general adult psychiatry, spent two years working as a medical officer on Greenpeace ships, and worked for Médecins sans Frontières in Assam and Darfur.

Jude Boyles manages a psychological therapy service for resettled refugees for the Refugee Council, a charity providing support for people seeking asylum and other refugees. Prior to this, she established Freedom from Torture North West and managed it for fourteen years. She is a psychological therapist specialising in crisis and trauma work, and also a human rights activist, drawing public attention to the impact of the asylum process on mental health. Jude has published widely including a book on psychological therapy with survivors of torture, a volume on working with interpreters in therapy, and chapters and articles in other books and journals.

Jude Boyles
Grace Crowley

Grace Crowley is a psychiatrist and academic clinical fellow in South London. She has a Masters in Global Mental Health, and her research interests include suicide, self-harm and mental health among migrants and ethnic minority groups. She has volunteered with the Helen Bamber Foundation (an organisation that supports survivors of torture and human trafficking) and is an active member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Working Group on the Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers.

Beate Dasarathy is the Legal Officer in Freedom from Torture’s medicolegal report service in Manchester. Prior to this, she was the Director of the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit, and a supervising solicitor with a human rights legal practice in Liverpool. She started her legal career within a Citizen’s Advice Bureau after completing a Masters in comparative immigration and asylum law at the School of Oriental and African Studies. She has 30 years of experience advising and representing asylum seekers and has worked for Freedom from Torture since 2010.

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veronika dobler

Veronika Dobler is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist in Cambridgeshire, where she supports local authority mental health provision for unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors.  She has extensive experience in Germany and Austria, developing innovative services and psychological interventions for traumatised unaccompanied minors in clinics, schools and children’s homes.  She has trained in a broad range of psychological interventions, completed a PhD in neurosciences, and studied the impact of early life adversity on adolescent mental health. Veronika feels humbled by the incredible strengths, resources, and resilience of displaced children, young people, and families and believes that exploring and understanding these should be at the heart of most interventions.

Robin Ewart-Biggs is a UKCP-registered family therapist in Cumbria, offering psychosocial support to staff at the British Red Cross and running a charity for young people living with cancer. He had roles in the voluntary sector and NHS for twenty-eight years.  He worked with survivors of torture at Freedom from Torture for eighteen years, as a group and family therapist and then as a clinical services manager.

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Rukyya Hassan is a consultant general adult psychiatrist working in Greater Manchester, and a volunteer medicolegal report writer for Freedom from Torture. She has an interest in the mental health of minority and marginalised groups generally and has experience of working with refugees and people seeking asylum in a range of primary and secondary care and custodial settings. She is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Working Group on the Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers.

Cornelius Katona is Medical Director of the Helen Bamber Foundation, a human rights charity working with refugees and people seeking asylum. He is Honorary Professor in the Division of Psychiatry at University College London, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ lead on Refugee and Asylum Mental Health. He has published more than 300 papers, written/edited sixteen books, and had an active role in updating NICE guidelines on PTSD in 2018.  In 2019, he was awarded the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Honorary Fellowship, the college’s highest honour, for his ‘outstanding service to psychiatry’.

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Jonathan Kazembe is an asylum and refugees’ rights advocate. He is Expert by Experience Manager for the charity Refugee Action in Manchester, and oversees its public engagement work. He previously coordinated the experts by experience programme for Freedom from Torture, ensuring that the voices of people with lived experience were heard whilst policy was developed. In 2017, he co-ordinated the NHS Welcome project, helping GP surgeries across Greater Manchester improve access to healthcare for asylum seekers in the Northwest. He was previously a teacher in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he campaigned against the use of child soldiers.

Norma McKinnon Fathi is the co-founder and director of a social enterprise that provides counselling services to people seeking asylum and other refugees, and a range of organisational development and consultancy services. She is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, and qualified community worker.  Norma lives and works in Scotland, and has more than twenty years’ experience working with refugees and people seeking asylum in both community and clinical settings, and has managed clinical services for torture survivors at a national charity.

Norma McKinnon
chris maloney

Chris Maloney is a consultant psychiatrist and GP.  He was consultant medical psychotherapist in East Berkshire, and then a GP partner in Hackney, East London, for twelve years, with many people and families seeking asylum as patients. From 2003 he had an expert witness practice, writing psychiatric and physical injury reports for people’s asylum claims and related matters. He is a co-author (with John Ballatt and Penelope Campling) of Intelligent Kindness: Rehabilitating the Welfare State, published by Cambridge University Press in February 2020.

Jo Miller is a GP working with people seeking asylum and other refugees at a specialist general practice in Huddersfield. She is a founder member of TortureID, a group of clinicians and lawyers in Yorkshire and the North West developing innovative ways of increasing the medical documentation of human rights abuses for newly-arrived people seeking asylum.  For ten years she was the lead doctor for Freedom from Torture North West’s medicolegal report service.

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Julia Nelki

Julia Nelki is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist and a UKCP-registered family therapist and systemic supervisor. She was a volunteer doctor in Freedom from Torture’s medicolegal report service for twenty-five years, and currently volunteers for the Refugee Resilience Collective, supporting volunteers working with people seeking asylum in Calais, Greece, and Serbia. Julia set up the Haven Service offering drama and art therapy to refugee children, and also the Family Refugee Support Project, which uses horticulture as a medium for therapy (www.frsp.org. uk). She has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has written a book about her Jewish family and experience as a child of refugees; Villa Russo: A Jewish Story was published by Offizin-Verlag in Hannover in 2022.

Karin Oliver is the Director of Fisher Stone Solicitors in Halifax, specialising in asylum and human rights law.  She qualified as a solicitor at the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit (GMIAU) in 2010 and worked there before setting up a new service in Huddersfield offering advice and support to asylum seekers and refugees, in collaboration with Citizens Advice and a law centre. Karin was a founding member of TortureID.

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Renos Papadopoulos

Renos K. Papadopoulos is Professor in the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies; Director of the Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees and of the postgraduate programmes in Refugee Care, at the University of Essex; as well as Honorary Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Family Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic. He is a practising clinical psychologist, family therapist, and Jungian psychoanalyst who has spent most of his professional life training and supervising specialists in these three spheres. As consultant to numerous organisations, he has worked with refugees, tortured persons, and other survivors of political violence and disasters in many countries. His writings have appeared in eighteen languages.

Helen Pears is a consultant general adult psychiatrist in Liverpool, and a clinical sub dean at the Universities of Liverpool and Edge Hill. She also has an MSc in the Ethics of Healthcare.  Helen developed a special interest in the mental health of people seeking asylum and other refugees whilst working with this group in her inner-city community mental health role, learning there about the struggles they face, and the difficulties of providing services for them.   Her interest in issues of race, discrimination, and equality arose out of encounters with racist violence in her teens.

Helen Pears
Piyal Sen

Piyal Sen is a consultant forensic psychiatrist and Medical Director for Elysium Healthcare, a private provider of specialist mental health services, based at Chadwick Lodge in Milton Keynes. He has visiting academic links with Brunel University and King’s College, London, and is the Chair of Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Special Committee on Human Rights.  He is also a member of their Working Group on the Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Piyal does medico‐legal work for people seeking asylum and other refugees, and research into the mental health conditions affecting people in immigration detention, and foreign national prisoners.  He grew up in Kolkata, India, encountering refugees from an early age: victims of the Partition of India and the Bangladesh liberation war.

Alison Summers is a consultant psychiatrist and UKCP-registered psychodynamic psychotherapist and supervisor. She writes medicolegal reports for TortureID clients, works on social initiatives alongside people seeking asylum in her local community and since 2008 she has been a volunteer psychotherapist with Freedom from Torture.  Alison has also worked on projects exploring the needs of resettled refugees, and developing an NHS trust’s response to asylum seeking and other refugee service users. She was an NHS consultant psychiatrist for fifteen years, with a special interest in psychological approaches to psychosis, and has previously worked as a consultant in public health medicine, and in leprosy control in Malawi.

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Philomène Uwamaliya is a senior lecturer in the School of Nursing and Allied Health at Liverpool John Moores University. She is project lead for their Resource Hub for professionals who support asylum seekers, refugees and migrant populations, and also leads the Humanitarian Champions programme for this group.  Philomène has been a registered mental health nurse since 2006, holds an MSc in Public Health (International Development) and is currently pursuing a PhD through published work. She has experience working in primary care and public health, and in particular with programmes to increase life expectancy and promote health and well-being for people seeking asylum, and other refugees and migrants.