Nasc Staff

 

Fiona Finn

CEO: Fiona Finn

Fiona holds a Bachelor of Law degree (BCL) and a Master of Law (LLM) from University College Cork. She has a particular interest in International Human Rights Law and Public International Law.

Fiona has over eighteen years of experience in the fields of social justice, human rights, asylum and immigration. Fiona joined Nasc in 2008 and became CEO in 2010. Prior to that she worked for fifteen years in London, initially with a homeless charity and latterly as a senior officer with in the London Borough of Camden. During her time with the Borough, Fiona worked at a senior level across a number of departments including the Welfare Rights Section and at an Independent Law Centre, dealing with access to social protection for asylum-seekers and refugees. She also headed up a policy unit working to promote social inclusion policies for Irish emigrants in the Borough.

Fiona also holds a Diploma in Business Studies and Marketing and is a graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.

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Fiona Hurley

Legal Service Manager: Fiona Hurley

Fiona Hurley holds a Bachelor of Law degree (BCL) and a Master of Laws (LLM) from University College Cork. Fiona completed her thesis on Judicial Deference and the Protection of Minority Rights. She is particularly interested in the area of human rights and international law.

Fiona joined Nasc in 2010. She previously held positions as a Legal Information and Capacity Building Officer, delivering immigration, asylum and social welfare training to statutory and non-statutory bodies including NGOs and Citizens Information Centres and was later appointed a Senior Legal Officer with Nasc. She is Nasc’s representative at the European Migration Forum, PICUM and the European Resettlement Network and was a former co-chair of the Migrant Consultative Forum (MCF).

Fiona also holds a diploma in Leadership and Management. She is a board member and Honorary Secretary of the Cork City Centre Citizens Information Service.

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Jennifer DeWan

Jennifer DeWan

Campaigns and Communications Manager: Jennifer DeWan

Jennifer has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University in the City of New York. Her doctoral thesis was on political activism and social change in Ireland, based on research conducted primarily with women’s and community groups in Cork.

As a research consultant, Jennifer has worked for a wide variety of advocacy and non-profit organisations. She completed research on African witchcraft in the Irish context for the book Open Secrets: An Irish Perspective on Trafficking and Witchcraft published by Cois Tine and Oak Tree Press in 2012.

Prior to joining Nasc in 2012, Jennifer co-founded Cork Feminista, a feminist organisation based in Cork. Jennifer has considerable experience in communications, advocacy and campaigning on human rights, social justice and immigration issues. As a migrant to Ireland herself, Jennifer is committed to raising awareness about and promoting positive changes in relation to immigration and integration.

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Majo

Majo Rivas

Legal Officer: María José (Majo) Rivas Vera

Majo holds a degree in law from the Universidad Nacional de Asuncion in Paraguay and a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Toronto.

Majo focused her research at the Universidad Nacional de Asuncion in women’s access to justice and the elimination of discrimination against women. At the University of Toronto, Majo was a Health Law, Ethics & Policy Fellow for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research as well as an International Reproductive Health Law Fellow for the International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Program. Before joining Nasc, Majo interned and consulted for the Center for Reproductive Rights office in Latin America, worked as research assistant for the International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Program of the University of Toronto and worked as Programme Specialist for Peace Corps Paraguay.

A lifelong volunteer for civil society organisations, Majo is deeply committed to social justice and the effective realisation of human rights of those who are most vulnerable.

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Susan Mackey

Irish Research Council Researcher: Susan Mackey

Susan Mackey holds a Master of Social Work (MSW), HDip Social Policy and BSc (Hons) from University College Cork. She previously worked as an Administrator and English language teacher (TEFL) at Nasc.

Susan has been awarded funding by the Irish Research Council through the Employment Based Postgraduate Programme, to carry out a research study on the specific needs of children and families from non-EU backgrounds who become clients of the Child Protection and Welfare System. This research will examine issues of overrepresentation, cultural competency and best practice responses in Social Work.

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Fiona Ní Leime

Finance Officer: Fiona Ní Leime

Fiona graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from C.I.T Crawford College of Art & Design in 2007. Having worked in arts management in Dublin, she now volunteers with Nasc as an admin and finance assistant as well as working on the racist reporting and separated children projects. She is pursuing an Law (LLB) Post graduate Degree in UCC with a particular interest in social justice and rights humans.

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Katharina

Legal Intern: Katharina

Katharina holds a Master of Law from the University of Vienna, where she specialised in ‘International Legal Practice and Language’, and a Master of Law in International Human Rights from University College Dublin. She wrote her three dissertations on the identification of human trafficking victims in the UK and Italy, child and forced marriage, and the high seas and exceptions to flag-State jurisdiction.

Previously, Katharina worked inter alia as a research assistant at UCD and as an intern at the Austrian Embassy in Berlin.

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John Usunobun

John Usunobun

Cleaning and Maintenance Officer: John Usunobun

John Usunobun is originally from Edo State, Benin City, Nigeria. He first came to Ireland in 2003 and became a member of the team at Nasc in 2007. Since arriving in Ireland, he has studied computing and tourism (FETAC Level 6).

He is currently pursuing a FETAC Level 5 course in social care at St John’s College in Cork City and hopes to work with the elderly upon completion. John lives in Cork with his wife, Martina and their four children.

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Ailish O'Reilly

Ailish O’Reilly

Receptionist: Ailish O’Reilly

Ailish holds a FETAC 6 in Computer Studies and Administration. She also holds a Diploma in Computer Studies from Griffith College. Previously, she has worked with the HSE for 2 years as a receptionist attached to the Dialysis Unit at Cork University Hospital.

Ailish currently works at Nasc as a part-time receptionist under the Community Employment Scheme. In her spare time, Ailish is involved with the Lee Amateur Swimming Club where she coaches children from the ages of 4 to 14 years.

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Raymond Looney

Raymond Looney

Receptionist: Raymond Looney

Raymond Looney graduated from University College Cork with a BSc (Microbiology/Biochemistry) and a HDip Applied Science (Biotechnology).

He worked as an abstract writer/indexer and assistant editor for the H. W. Wilson Company for 15 years.

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Nasc Staff & Volunteers 2014

Nasc Staff & Volunteers 2014