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Affiliated Staff and Faculty

Jessica Chicco
Supervising Attorney
Post-Deportation Human Rights Project
Phone: 617.552.9261

Ms. Jessica Chicco was the Arthur Helton Fellow and then associate attorney at Human Rights First, where she worked with the Refugee Protection Program.  In this capacity, she interviewed dozens of asylum seekers and provided legal rights presentations to immigrant detainees held at the Elizabeth immigration detention center in New Jersey. She also co-authored and was the main researcher of a report on the detention of asylum seekers, and visited a number of immigration detention centers and jails in Texas, Virginia, and New York. Prior to Human Rights First, Ms. Chicco volunteered for Lutheran Social Services in New York.

Ms. Chicco has a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.  She joined PDHRP in 2010.

Prof. Daniel Kanstroom
Boston College Law School

Daniel Kanstroom is Professor of Law, the Director of the International Human Rights Program, and an Associate Director of the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice. He teaches Immigration and Refugee Law, International Human Rights Law, Administrative Law, and the International Human Rights Semester in Practice. He has been a visiting professor at Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale (Boulogne sur Mer). He has published widely in the fields of U.S. immigration law, criminal law, and European citizenship and asylum law in such venues as the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Journal of International Law, the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, and the French Gazette du Palais. His most recent book, Aftermath: Deportation Law and the New American Diaspora, was published in 2012 by Oxford University Press. 

Professor Kanstroom is the founder and director of the Boston College Immigration and Asylum Clinic, in which students represent indigent non-citizens and asylum-seekers. He is also on the Board of the Directors of the PAIR Project, and was rapporteur for the American Branch of the Refugee Law Section of the International Law Association. He has extensive experience litigating immigration and asylum cases at every level of the U.S. legal system. Professor Kanstroom completed his B.A. at State University of New York at Binghamton, his J.D. at Northeastern University, and his LL.M. at Harvard University.

Prof. M. Brinton Lykes
Boston College Lynch School of Education
Prof. Lykes's webpage

M. Brinton Lykes is Professor of Community/Social Psychology at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Her research interests include gender, culture, and theories of the self; effects of state-sponsored terror and organized violence; human rights policy and mental health interventions; participatory action research; and community-based strategies for change. Her many publications have appeared in Social Science & Medicine, American Journal of Community Psychology, Psychology of Women Quarterly, and the Journal of Social Issues.

Professor Lykes is involved extensively in Boston-area communities and abroad. She is a founder and program committee member of the Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights, an Advisory Committee Member of Women’s Rights International, a former committee member and Chair of the American Psychological Association's Committee on International Relations and Psychology, and a volunteer consultant to the Association of Haitian Women in Boston, among numerous other commitments. She also serves on the Editorial Boards of Action Research and Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, and as a reviewer for many other journals. Professor Lykes received her B.A. at Hollins University, her M.Div. from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. at Boston College.