SAT. FEB 27 | Post Show Discussion with Katarina Obser (Women's Refugee Commission) and Hani Gar
Following the 3:00PM performance, join us for a post-show discussion and talkback featuring Katharina Obser (Program Officer at Women's Refugee Commission) and Hani Garabyare (President Obama Administration) .
Katharina Obser is program officer in the Women's Refugee Commission's Migrant Rights and Justice program, where she advocates for the protection and rights of refugee women, children and families. She conducts research and advocacy on asylum, immigration detention, and enforcement policies affecting refugee women and asylum seekers both in the United States and Europe and advocates at a national level for immigration and asylum reform.
Katharina previously researched and advocated on immigration detention issues at Human Rights First, where she also worked to improve and expand access to legal representation nationally for asylum seekers and immigrants, and earlier coordinated Human Rights First's pro bono legal representation program for indigent asylum seekers in the Washington, DC office.
Katharina holds a Master's degree in Forced Migration Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and a B.A. in Political Science and French from the University of Michigan.
Hani Garabyare was born in Mogadishu, Somalia and a refugee in Kenya before settling in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her BSc in Public Administration and Communications from Eastern Michigan University and her MSc (honors) in Public Policy from Queen Mary, University of London, where she wrote her dissertation on examining the internal and external factors impacting Somalia's ongoing civil war. She was a foreign affairs aide to Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) before joining the Obama Administration.