Examining Continued Protection Concerns for Rohingya Refugees, Speakers

By USCRI August 16, 2023

We are proud to introduce the speakers for our upcoming webinar: Examining Continued Protection Concerns for Rohingya Refugees on Wednesday, August 23, 2023.


Abdul Hamid, Refugee Congress delegate for Wisconsin

Hamid was born in Burma (Myanmar) and belongs to the Rohingya ethnic group. He came to the United States in 2015 through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP).

Hamid has more than ten years of experience running community-based organizations (CBO). He is an activist and human rights defender. He is the founding president of the Rohingya Society in Malaysia (RSM).

He graduated in 1994 with a degree in chemistry from the University of Yangon. He continued his studies in Malaysia and earned a Doctor of Philosophy in the field of phytochemistry from the University of Science Malaysia (USM). However, he did not get a chance to work there, simply because he was not able to obtain a valid Myanmar passport.

Currently, he lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is one of the founding members of the United Stateless. He is a vocal supporter of his people, and he is dedicated to aiding resettled refugees in Milwaukee in the transitional period to life here in the United States.

James Rodehaver, Chief, OHCHR Myanmar Team 

James has served as the Chief of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Myanmar Team since January 2020. A human rights professional with over 27 years of experience, James has previously headed the UN’s Commission of Inquiry on Syria, the Human Rights Unit of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the OSCE’s human rights field components in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo. Within the United Nations system, he has played a wide variety of roles, including leading teams in West Africa and the Balkans engaged in fact-finding and investigations into serious human rights and IHL violations, support and advocacy for accountability and transitional justice, and an advisor on justice and minority rights issues. James has also lectured on international human rights law and public international law at universities in Russia, Central Europe and the United States. He graduated from Ohio University and the Washington & Lee University School of Law. He has been honoured as a Notable Alumni of Ohio University in the United States and an Honorary Fellow of the Nottingham University Human Rights Law Centre.

John Quinley, Director, Fortify Rights

John Quinley III is a director at Fortify Rights and has been with the organization since 2016. His work focuses on supporting Rohingya human rights defenders and documenting human rights violations in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Previously, he worked with the Women’s Opportunities Resource Center in the United States and Partners Relief and Development in Myanmar. He holds an M.A. from Nottingham University in the U.K. He also holds graduate certificates from the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University in the U.K. and the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies in Canada.

Dr. Nahreen Ahmed, Medical Director, MedGlobal 

Dr. Nahreen Ahmed is a Bangladeshi-American ICU doctor, based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she is currently Faculty in the Division of Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Medical Director at MedGlobal, an NGO which works in crisis and conflict zones to improve access to healthcare for refugee communities and communities in hard to reach areas such as Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, Ukraine, Gaza, Ecuador, Colombia, Bangladesh, and Yemen. She has worked directly with the Rohingya community in Bangladesh, where MedGlobal has had a presence since the escalation in 2017, and with the refugee communities in Syria, Lebanon, and throughout Latin America.

Aaron Nodjomian-Escajeda, Policy Analyst, USCRI

Nodjomian-Escajeda started at USCRI in 2021 in the anti-trafficking division. Currently, he works advocating for the rights and protections of survivors of human trafficking and asylum seekers worldwide.

He visited Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar in December 2022 and published “A Glimpse at Camp Life in Cox’s Bazar: Examining Aid Response and Distilling Solutions,” a report on the situation of Rohingya in Bangladesh, in April 2023. Aaron holds two master’s degrees, one in social work and another in public affairs from the University of Texas.

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