The Global Studies Program is sponsoring an essay competition with a $150 cash prize. The winner also is entered into the Foreign Affairs essay competition. The essay question is: What global issue should world leaders be paying attention to? Your essay should be between 1,200 and 1,500 words. All quotations and uncommon facts should be appropriately cited. You must be a college undergraduate student at the time of submission.
Deadline: Monday, October 3, 2016.
Send your completed essay to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to Professor Alex Perullo aperullo at bryant.edu.
Supporting Survivors of Torture
Global Studies Event, October 20, 2015
Ellen Messali from the International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN) spoke to Bryant students and faculty about her work with asylum seekers and refugees. As an attorney of IICONN, Ms. Messali handles cases from a variety of individuals who seek citizenship in the United States. These individuals can be victims of abuse, torture, or those trafficked into or within the United States.
In her presentation, Ms. Messali spoke about the Survivors of Torture program, which assists immigrants who have experienced traumatic emotional, psychological, and physical events in their lives. She discussed the challenges of asking asylum seekers and refugees to narrate, often several times and in great deal, the torture that they encountered in their lives.
Ms. Messali explained that immigration cases in Connecticut can take upwards of three years to reach a conclusion. During this time, asylum seekers cannot be officially employed. Yet, they must also pay rent, buy food, and survive while waiting for their cases to make their way through court. The asylum seekers, therefore, often work in the informal economy taking jobs without adequate pay or benefits.
Since immigrants who seek assistance from IICONN can arrive from any country in the world, they frequently need to discuss their cases through a translator. Bryant’s Professor Alexandra Place spoke about the challenges of translating for immigrants, particularly those who are survivors of torture. Professor Place, who also works at IICONN, discussed the steps that need to be taken to translate for those who have endured numerous hardships in their lives. It is a challenge that comes with cultural, linguistic, and psychological dimensions.
If you would like to learn more about IICONN or the International Institute of Rhode Island, please contact the Global Studies program (email@example.com) for more information. These Institutes are always in need of volunteers, especially those who speak other languages and who are willing to bring immigrants to appointments and meetings.
The lecture was sponsored by the Global Studies Program and the College of Arts and Sciences at Bryant University.
Download a PowerPoint Presentation of Messali's lecture on Survivors of Torture and immigration to the United States.