Veronica Fynn

Country of Origin:

Liberia

Themes:

Citizenship, Immigration, Black History/African Heritage, Racism/Discrimination, Human Rights & Social Justice, Identity & Heritage, Multiculturalism & Diversity, Adjusting to Life in Canada, Refugee Experiences

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Bio

Veronica Fynn holds a BSc (Ghana), BA (UBC), an MPH (Nottingham) and an LLM (York). She was appointed Adjunct Professor in the School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, in November 2011. In 2010, Veronica completed a semester as a visiting research scholar at Georgetown Law Centre in Washington DC under the tutelage of Professor Larry Gostin. That same year, she also received certificates in South African Constitutional Law in Comparative Context and International Alternate Dispute Resolution, having completed studies at the Mandela Institute of University of Witwatersrand, in South Africa. In 2008, she co-founded EV Research with the goal of reducing the 10/90 Research & Development gap between resource-poor communities and advanced countries. Before law school, Veronica worked as a research analyst with the British Columbia Government's Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons. She also worked with the Migration Health Department of the International Organisation for Migration in Geneva. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Internal Displacement. As an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia, she founded Africa Awareness, a student-driven initiative responsible for the establishment of the first interdisciplinary African Studies Program at UBC, which partly earned her a UBC Alumni Global Citizenship Award in 2010. In her spare time, when she's not blogging on the Rights of Women in War, she's either dancing, biking, or running half-marathons. She is currently doing her PhD at the Australian National University. Veronica is a born and bred Liberian war survivor.

Story

I am originally from Liberia, West Africa. I immigrated to Canada on the World University Service of Canada's Student Refugee Sponsorship Program in 2001 to continue my education.