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Advisors

Our advisors play an essential role in developing the Refuge Media Project’s message and approach, and will help to guide our outreach strategy for the completed films. Current advisors include:

  • Roz Dzelzitis, Associate Producer with the Refuge Media Project, 2008-10. Executive Director of May I Speak Freely Media and a member of the board of directors of BAIDO, an association of San Francisco Bay Area international development organizations.
  • Dabney Evans, MPH, Executive Director of the Emory University Institute of Human Rights, in Atlanta, Georgia, and faculty advisor to Emory’s Student Chapter of Physicians for Human Rights and Human Rights Action.
  • Christy Carnegie Fujio, JD, Asylum Program Director for Physicians for Human Rights, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Alexander R. Green, MD, MPH, Associate Director of The Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, dedicated to eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health care.
  • Karen Hanscom, PhD, Executive Director of Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma, a treatment and advocacy center serving the Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, DC, areas.
  • Sarah Ignatius, JD, MPH, Executive Director of PAIR, the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project, in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Douglas A. Johnson, MPPM, Executive Director of the Center for Victims of Torture in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, with additional treatment centers in Guinea and Sierra Leone.
  • Kitty Kelley, PhD, a medical and psychological anthropologist, and former Director of the Center for Torture and Trauma Survivors, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Ibrahim A. Kira, PhD, Program Coordinator, Center for Torture and Trauma Survivors, a program of the DeKalb County Board of Health, Decatur, Georgia.
  • Kim Kronenberg, MPH, a health communications specialist and documentary filmmaker. Her film, Sight Unseen, examines hysterical blindness among Cambodian refugees in the United States.
  • Cecilia Naomi Lipp, Senior Advocacy and Communications Officer for Survivors International, serving torture survivors living in San Francisco, California, and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Christine Mitchell, RN, MTS, FAAN, Director of Ethics for Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, and a consultant and author on healthcare ethics. Co-producer with Ben Achtenberg of numerous films on healthcare ethics, including the Academy Award nominee, Code Gray: Ethical Dilemmas in Nursing.
  • Richard Mollica, MD, and James Lavelle, LICSW, co-founders of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Mollica is HPRT’s Director and the author of Healing Invisible Wounds: Paths to Hope and Recovery in a Violent World. Lavelle is HPRT’s Director of International Programs and Community Organizing.
  • Samantha Morse, former Asylum Program Coordinator for Physicians for Human Rights.
  • Linda Piwowarczyk, MD, MPH, a psychiatrist, is co-Founder and co-Director, Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights.