The founding of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University is the result of a remarkable partnership between Albina du Boisrouvray and Dr. Jonathan Mann. In 1993, the FXB Foundation made a substantial donation to the Harvard School of Public Health to launch the project and finance the construction of a building designed to host an innovative center for research and the faculty members specialized in Health and Human Rights.

The FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and FXB International maintain strong ties particularly in the fields of research, monitoring and evaluation. Furthermore, a unique field education internship program is being developed. Selected Harvard students will provide support to FXB programs in their respective areas of expertise, and in turn will gain understanding and experience in community development, health and human rights in the field with the most vulnerable communities. All running costs – including salaries – of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights are covered by Harvard University.

 

Arlan Fuller

Executive Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights

Executive Director Arlan Fuller has experience in international policy, federal government operations, and legislative strategy. He has served as a public affairs consultant to the Formosan Association for Public Relations, a Taiwanese-American organization, where he worked with the Taiwanese government in coordinating their legislative efforts in the US Congress. He has also been a consultant to the Citizens Trade Campaign, where he advised grassroots labor and trade organizations on strategy for legislative campaigns regarding the Chile and Singapore Free Trade Agreements. He was the Legislative Assistant for international relations and trade policy to Congressman Sherrod Brown, a senior member of the House International Relations Committee. In this role, he was responsible for the Congressman’s policy campaign to increase USAID funding for anti-tuberculosis efforts as well as organizing a legislative and whipping strategy with the House Democratic Caucus on trade policy issues. Mr. Fuller also worked for Senator Edward Kennedy, serving on the Senator’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee staff, and focused on National Institutes of Health grants. Mr. Fuller received his BA in economics from the College of the Holy Cross. He holds a master’s degree in peace and conflict studies from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, and a JD from Boston College Law School.

Jacqueline Bhabha

Director of Research, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights

Jacqueline Bhabha is a Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, the Director of the Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies, and a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School. From 1997 to 2001 she directed the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago. Prior to 1997, she was a practicing human rights lawyer in London and at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

She received a first class honors degree and an MSc from Oxford University and a JD from the College of Law in London. She has recently authored three reports entitled Seeking Asylum Alone about unaccompanied child asylum seekers. Her writings on issues of migration and asylum in Europe and the United States include a coauthored book, Women’s Movement: Women Under Immigration, Nationality and Refugee Law, an edited volume, Asylum Law And Practice in Europe and North America, and many articles, including “Internationalist Gatekeepers? The Tension Between Asylum Advocacy and Human Right”s and “The Citizenship Deficit: On Being a Citizen Child.” She is currently working on issues of child migration, smuggling and trafficking, and citizenship.

Jennifer Leaning

Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights

Jennifer Leaning assumed the position of Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights on January 1 2010. An expert in public health rights-based responses to humanitarian crises, Dr. Leaning is the FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at Harvard School of Public Health and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her appointment followed an international search for a successor to Jim Yong Kim, Director from 2006 to 2009. As Steven E. Hyman, then-provost of Harvard University, noted in the Harvard Gazette, “Jennifer’s experience on the ground in hotspots from Afghanistan to Somalia gives her a unique perspective on the connection between human rights and public health. We are excited to think about the ways in which the FXB Center and its commitment to children’s health will evolve under her leadership.”

The FXB Center was founded in 1993 with the support of philanthropist Albina du Boisrouvray and places special attention on the rights of children. In announcing the selection of Dr. Leaning, HSPH Dean Julio Frenk expressed gratitude to du Boisrouvray for her generous support, adding, “The FXB Center represents an extraordinary commitment to improving the lives of children living in vulnerable circumstances around the globe. I am confident that Dr. Leaning will increase that commitment and strengthen the center’s sense of mission.”

Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Leaning served as Co-Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. From 1999 to 2005, Dr. Leaning directed the Program on Humanitarian Crises and Human Rights at the FXB Center, during which time she also served as Editor-in-Chief of Medicine & Global Survival, an international quarterly. She is Faculty Associate at the Weatherhead Center, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, and the Center for International Development at Harvard University, and is the former Senior Advisor in International and Policy Studies at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Dr. Leaning serves on the boards of the Humane Society of the United States, and the Massachusetts Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross. She formerly served on the boards of Physicians for Human Rights (an organization she co-founded), Physicians for Social Responsibility, andOxfam America. She is Visiting Editor of the British Medical Journal, serves on the editorial board of Health and Human Rights: An International Journal, and is a member of the Board of Syndics at Harvard University Press. She is on the faculty of HSPH’s Department of Global Health and Population, and teaches disaster management, human rights, and public health and policy response to humanitarian crises. She edited a seminal textbook on the topic,Humanitarian Crises: The Medical and Public Health Response, published by Harvard University Press in 1999.

Dr. Leaning has documented human rights abuses and provided medical care and public health services on the ground to refugees in almost every crisis over the last twenty years, including humanitarian emergencies in Afghanistan, Albania, Kosovo, Angola, Darfur, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, Somalia, and the African Great Lakes region. She was awarded a Special Citation for Exceptional Volunteer Service by the American Red Cross and the Humanitarian Rose Award by the People’s Princess Charitable Foundation in the UK. One of the first to identify the conflict in Darfur as genocide after extensive field investigations, Dr. Leaning testified before the International Criminal Court in the Hague, the United States Congress, and the United Nations on the plight of women in humanitarian crises, particularly in the case of Darfur. She received her AB degree from Radcliffe College, magna cum laude, a Master’s degree in demography and public health from the Harvard School of Public Health, and her MD with honors from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Myriam Zuber

FXB International Liaison Officer (Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Myriam Zuber joined the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights in 2014 as the FXB International Liaison Officer. Myriam is responsible for the design and implementation of a unique field education program for Harvard University students who will support FXBVillages as they expand their knowledge and experience in development, health and human rights in impoverished communities.

Specifically, Myriam is engaged in providing strategic direction and leadership to facilitate student-led capacity building, training, and evaluation for all FXBVillages, in addition to related activities within FXB International. Myriam also serves to build educational, training, and research connections between FXB and the academic community at Harvard University.

A native of France, Myriam holds a Master of Education from the Paris X University of Nanterre, as well as a Master of Education in Training, Policy and Administration from Boston University. She has extensive international experience in the field of community development and education, implementing innovative programs through non-governmental organizations.

Favorite quote: “All the world is my school and all humanity is my teacher.” George Whitman

Alicia Ely Yamin

JD, MPH, Policy Director (FXB Center for Health & Human Rights | Harvard University )

Alicia Ely Yamin is a lecturer on global health at the Harvard School of Public Health and policy director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. Trained in both law and public health at Harvard, Yamin’s career at the intersection of health and human rights has bridged academia and activism. From 2007 to 2011 Yamin held the prestigious Joseph H. Flom Fellowship on Global Health and Human Rights at Harvard Law School. Prior to that she served as director of research and investigations at Physicians for Human Rights, where she oversaw all of the organization’s field investigations. From 1996 to 2003 she served on the faculty of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Yamin is known globally for her pioneering scholarship and advocacy in relation to economic and social rights and rights-based approaches to health, for which she has received multiple distinctions. She has contributed to the drafting of multiple General Comments by UN treaty bodies, as well as UN Human Rights Council resolutions. She regularly advises UN bodies on health and human rights, and has provided strategic guidance to non-governmental organizations as well as courts on landmark litigations concerning health rights and sexual and reproductive rights in various countries and regions, as well as in supra-national adjudication.