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BC Research Scholar Maryanne Loughry, RSM, Named to Order of Australia by Queen Elizabeth II

Maryanne Loughry, RSM

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (July 2010) - Maryanne Loughry, RSM, a visiting research scholar at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice and the Graduate School of Social Work, has been named a member of the Order of Australia by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom in the annual Queen's honors list.

Sr. Loughry, who in past times would now be entitled to be addressed as Dame Maryanne, has been honored for her "service to the community as an advocate for displaced persons and refugees."  Membership in the Order of Australia is the highest civic honor granted in Australia and it is conferred for "for outstanding achievement and service." 

"Maryanne Loughry's high award for her dedication to the dignity and well being of refugees challenges us all to deepen our understanding of the rights of displaced people," said University Professor of Human Rights and International Justice David Hollenbach, S.J., director of the center. "It calls us to find ways to prevent new displacements and to respond more vigorously to the needs of those already driven from their homes by war and natural disaster."

Sr. Maryanne Loughry is a Sister of Mercy, a psychologist, and an academic working on the rights of forced migrants with research affiliations at Oxford University and Flinders University of South Australia. She is currently the associate director of Jesuit Refugee Service Australia.

As a visiting scholar at BC's Center for Human Rights, she is collaborating with CHIJ directors on research and advocacy efforts related to forced migration. 

She serves on several international boards including the academic board of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme and the Governing Committee of the International Catholic Migration Committee. More recently she has been involved in researching and writing on the links between climate change and forced migration.

She is co-author of a research project focused on the psychosocial adjustment of former child soldiers in Sierra Leone and Uganda, and has published other books and articles, particularly on refugee mental health.