Jessamy works for the Mixed Migration Centre (West Africa) as a Mixed Migration Specialist. Her interest in migration issues in the region dates from her time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Gambia. In addition to her focus on migration, Jessamy has a professional background in peacebuilding and development, with an emphasis on community-based participatory research. Prior to joining the MMC West Africa, she was Head of Sub-Office for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Hargeisa, Somaliland. Jessamy holds an MA with focus on international law and international migration from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and an MSc in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. Jessamy is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (2003 Copenhagen Fellowship).
Updated February 2020.
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