Queen's University

Haiti

2010-03-19

HAITI EXPERTS FROM QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY
ADOPTIONKaren Dubinsky is a Professor of Global Development Studies and History at Queen’s University. Her book, Babies Without Borders: Adoption and Migration Across the Americas, will be published by the University of Toronto Press in the spring. “Relocating children in massive numbers, immediately after a catastrophe, is an understandable humanitarian response. But historically, it has a mixed record, and carries tremendous risks,” says Professor Dubinsky.
EARTHQUAKESLaurent Godin (bilingual in English and French) is an Associate Professor in the Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering department at Queen’s. Dr. Godin specializes in structural geology and continental tectonics.
IMMIGRATIONSharryn Aiken is an Associate Professor in the faculty of law at Queen’s University who specializes in immigration/refugee law as well as international human rights law. She can discuss whether the Canadian government should amend the Immigration Act to allow Haitian Canadians to bring in more members of their extended families.“I believe the definition of family is unduly restrictive in all cases,” says Professor Aiken. “The recent natural disaster in Haiti affords a critical opportunity for the federal government to soften the often ill-suited definitions in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to alleviate a tiny fraction of the suffering in Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake,” Professor Aiken says. “And regardless, more resources are required to expedite processing of family sponsorship applications.”
WATER QUALITYChemistry professor Stephen Brown is an expert in water-quality issues and water purification. His research group develops technologies for monitoring the quality of drinking water.   “The damage to the infrastructure in Haiti will make it essential to bring in temporary water treatment systems, rather than just bringing in water from outside.  It will be many months or years before the central water distribution systems of Haiti are operating again at the same level before the earthquake,” Professor Brown says.
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