Frida Ben Attia

FridaBenAttiaFrida Ben Attia is a clinical psychologist with experience of providing psychosocial support to refugees crossing the Libyan-Tunisian border. Frida’s involvement concerned various aspects of migration with a special focus on missing migrants and their families. As a researcher in trauma and migration, Frida Ben Attia is currently preparing a thesis around mourning and representation of death without a body among mothers of missing migrants.


Tara Brian

TaraBrianTara Brian is a Research Officer at the IOM Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and has been involved in research on various aspects of migration, most recently focusing on undocumented migration and border-related deaths. Co-editor of IOM’s Fatal Journeys reports: (2014) Fatal Journeys Volume 1: Tracking Lives Lost During Migration and (2016) Fatal Journeys Volume 2, Identification and tracing of dead and missing migrants,  


Adrián Carrasco Heiermann


Adrián Carrasco Heiermann works with GMDAC in Berlin where he carries out research and provides analysis of migration issues. He currently works on issues of deaths in the Mediterranean, identification and its impacts on families of missing migrants.




Stefanie Grant

SGrantStefanie Grant is a lawyer, and a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE’s Centre for Human Rights. Her experience includes heading Amnesty International’s Research Department in London, representing Amnesty in Washington DC, acting for immigrants and refugees as a solicitor in London, and directing the research branch of the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. She has worked as a consultant with intergovernmental organisations. She is currently chair of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion. Her research interests focus on forced and involuntary migration, and on the human rights consequences of leaving a country of nationality as a refugee or migrant. She has written on a range of topics related to human rights, and to migration, and to border deaths, including: “Migration and Frontier Deaths: A Right to Identity?”; in Who Believes in the Rights of Migrants?, ed Dembour & Kelly, Routledge, 2011. “Recording and Identifying European Frontier Deaths”, European Journal of Migration and Law, 13.2, 2011.

Catriona Jarvis


Catriona Jarvis is a UK lawyer and former Judge of the UK Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), with 21 years’ experience as a judge in the fields of immigration, asylum and human rights law. She has assisted the project on legal and other matters. She has extensive experience working internationally on refugee rights, especially in relation to  gender issues, women and children, including publications and training work with the UK judiciary, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and other organisations.  She was a UK expert on refugee and human rights law providing assistance to the Maltese judiciary during the period of pre-accession to the European Union.  She has written on a variety of aspects of refugee and human rights law and is currently working with lawyers and non-governmental organisations on Lesbos as well as Co-Convening with Syd Bolton, the Last Rights project. She is the author of “In Potters’ Fields,” a  viewpoint piece published in November 2015 that seeks to throw light on the matter and calls for action including the development of guiding protocols.

Iosif Kovras

IosifKovrasIosif Kovras is a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the department of International Politics at City University, London. Before joining the department he was a research fellow at Queen’s University, Belfast and Princeton University.
His research focuses on how societies emerging from conflicts deal with sensitive questions of human rights, with particular emphasis on disappearances. His doctoral thesis, entitled Unearthing the truth: the politics of exhumations in Spain and Cyprus, was awarded the Basis Chubb Prize for best Ph.D. thesis published in Ireland (by the Political Studies Association of Ireland). His first book titled ‘Truth Recovery and Transitional Justice: Deferring Human Rights Issues’ was published in 2014 (Routledge). For more information see:

Frank Laczko

Frank-Laczko smallFrank Laczko is Director of the International Organization’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (IOM GMDAC).. He is the co-chair of the GMG Data and Research Group, editor of IOM/Springer Global Migration Issues book series, co-Editor of Migration Policy Practice and IOM GMDAC’s Data Briefing Series. Co-editor of IOM’s Fatal Journeys reports: (2014) Fatal Journeys Volume 1: Tracking Lives Lost During Migration and (2016) Fatal Journeys Volume 2, Identification and tracing of dead and missing migrants

Giorgia Mirto

GiorgiaMirtoGiorgia worked as a field researcher on the project The Human Costs of Border Control (HCBC) conducted for Vrije  University, Amsterdam. Her role involved collecting data in Italy in order to create the first collection of official, state-produced evidence on people who died while attempting to reach southern EU countries and whose bodies were found in or brought to Europe (  Previously she worked for two years as a cultural mediator for legal support in a reception center for irregular migrants in Palermo, Laboratorio Zeta. With a group of Sicilian activists she carried out many local projects related to migrant reception. Giorgia has a degree in History from the University of Palermo, with a specialization in Anthropology. Her thesis focused on social center identity and she is currently pursuing a Masters in Peace Studies at the University of Pisa.

Simon Robins

SRobinsSimon Robins is a humanitarian practitioner and researcher with an interest in transitional justice, humanitarian protection and human rights. His work is driven by a desire to put the needs of victims of conflict at the heart of efforts to address its legacies, and this has led to his engaging with victim-centred and bottom up approaches to addressing histories of violence. The issue of persons disappeared and missing in armed conflict remains a focus of his work, and he has recently published a book on this topic (Families of the Missing. A Test for Contemporary Approaches to Transitional Justice). He is also the founder of a blog on the issue of missing persons: He has consulted for a range of international agencies, including the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Save the Children UK, the International Centre for Transitional Justice, Avocats sans Frontières and the Institute for Security Studies, among others. He has also worked with the ICRC in Geneva as Advisor on missing persons and their families, and as a delegate in the field in Timor-Leste, Uganda and Nepal. For more information see:

Ann Singleton


Ann Singleton is Senior Research Fellow at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol and Senior Advisor to the International Organization for Migration’s IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (IOM GMDAC). Ann’s work focuses on international migration data, the production of knowledge on migration and the development of migration and asylum policy. She has advised the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and EU Presidencies, national governments, NGOs and international organizations. Co-Editor of IOM GMDAC’s Data Briefing Series and joint author of IOM GMDAC Data Briefing Issue No. 4 August 2016, Dangerous Journeys – International migration increasingly unsafe in 2016.