Jacqueline Bhabha



Harvard University


Jacqueline is Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Director of Research at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. In her research she focuses on human rights, gender, race and identity, transnational child migration, refugee protection and children’s rights and citizenship. Beyond her academic commitment, Jacqueline is actively engaged with a range of policy and advocacy organizations working on issues of migrant and children’s rights.

At THE NEW INSTITUTE Jacqueline is involved in the program "The Future of Democracy".

  • What gives you hope?

    The next generation. I see young people across the world actively engaged in social justice movements that challenge long-entrenched stigma, discrimination and privilege.

  • How does change happen?

    In many ways – incrementally, through the persistent efforts of communities, their organizations and their leaders and sometimes their elected representatives; dramatically, through the shock effects of particular incidents or outrages; gradually, through the work of scientists, scholars, researchers, artists, and educators.

  • List 3 important values in your life?

    Justice, loyalty, beauty.


Establishing Good Practice for Human Rights-Based Approaches to Mental Health Care and Psychosocial Support in Kenya, 2020

EU Migration Pact Fails to Address Human Rights Concerns in Lesvos, Greece, 2020

Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age, 2014

Human Rights and Adolescence, 2014

Children Without a State: A Global Human Rights Challenge, 2011

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