Our members


The PEMM is made up of members from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. For 2014, the Platform contains around 20 members


Members Profiles

  • Andreeva, Martina : Hors La Rue- France

Project Officer / European projects & Protection of children victims of Trafficking of Human Beings at Hors la Rue since 2012. Educated at the University of Paris I (Panthéon Sorbonne) in International administration, Martina has also been a volunteer for Médecins du Monde and an intern for the Permanent Mission of Bulgaria to the UN Office in Geneva as well as the UNHCR Representation in Romania. She notably assumed the drafting of the PUCAFREU national report for the French context: PUCAFREU rapport France FR

  • Connolly, Helen : University of Bedfordshire- UK

Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire since the completion of her PhD which explored what Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children had to say about their experiences of asylum and resettlement in the UK, using the frame of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC, 1989).

Recent Publications: “Seeing the relationship between the UNCRC and the asylum system through the eyes of unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people “: in International Journal of Children’s Rights (date à confirmer 2014) // “For A While Out of Orbit: Listening To What Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking and Refugee Children In The UK Say About Their Rights and Experiences In Private Foster Care”;  in British Journal of Adoption and Fostering (September 2014).

Recent Research Reports: with Kohli, R. “By their side and on their side: Reviewing the evidence for Guardianship for separated children in Northern Ireland“: The Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children And Young People, NICCY (February 2014)// with Kohli, R., et Beckett, H.  “Guardianship for Separated Children: A Review of Law, Practice, and Service Provision in Northern Ireland” : For Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People, NICCY (February 2014)

  • Di Maio, Antonia : Independent expert- Italy

Freelance expert on questions concerning child protection, anti-trafficking as well as migration. Antonia was trained at the STOA’ – Istituto di Studi per la Direzione e Gestione di Impresa à  Ercolano (Naples) where she obtained a Master’s in International development. She has worked with organisations like Save the Children”  and SCEP (“Separated Children in Europe programme”)  in multiple European countries such as Albania, Denmark, Italy and Sweden. She has also been a consultant for bodies like the OSCE, the UNCHR and the ECRE (“European Council on Refugees and Exiles”)

  • Fournier, Katja : Service Droit des Jeunes- Belgium 

Katja Fournier has a Master’s degree in political science and is specialised in European Immigration and Asylum Law. She is part of the coordination team of the Platform ‘Minors in Exile’ where she focuses on improving the access to fundamental rights for  unaccompanied children. Currently her main topics of work are identification, guardianship, durable solutions and family assessment in the countries of origin.

  • Ghymers, Cécile : Independent expert- Belgium

Barrister, member of the MENA (unaccompanied children) group at the Francophone Bar of Brussels, specialist in Family Law, Youth Law, Criminal Law, Aliens Law and legislation concerning unaccompanied and separated migrant children.

  • Gimeno Monterde, Chabier: Université de Saragosse- Espagne

–> PhD. Sociologist and researcher. His research focus is young people’s mobilities, imaginaries linked to migration, circular migration between North Spain, social work and social-linguistics.

–> Recent publications: « Recherche sur les migrations clandestines des jeunes et éthique du travailleur social-chercheur », Sociographe, hors serie, 7, 2014. Pp. 51-68 ; « Menores que migran solos y sistemas de protección a la infancia ». Zerbitzuan, nº 53, 2013. Pp. 109-122 ; « Jóvenes que migran solos. Actores y escenarios fuera de los sistemas de protección de menores », Alternativas: cuadernos de trabajo social, nº 20, 2013. Pp. 41-56 ; « El orden y la gente: los menores migrantes no acompañados », en Matilde Fernandez (coord.), “Negociaciones identitarias”. Editorial Commonground Publishing. 2013. Pp. 25-36 ; « Buscavidas. La globalización de las migraciones juveniles », Prensas Universitarias de Zaragoza, 2014.

  • Giovanetti, Monia : CITTALIA- Fondazione ANCI Ricerca- Italy

Researcher for the CITTALIA Foundation, which is a research centre focusing on the well-being and social inclusion, the participation and management of public spaces and urban policy in Italy and Europe. Monia works on several issues related to migration, social exclusion, urban safety and deviance. She has published research on these issues and, especially on the issue of the migration of unaccompanied minors and women.

Recent Publications: “Parcours d’inclusion et exclusion des mineurs immigrés non accompagnés en Italie”, in Revue E- Migrinter, 2008. // “Storie minori. Percorsi di accoglienza e di esclusione dei minori non accompagnati”, Quaderno 36, Cesvot, 2007// “Minori stranieri non accompagnati. Rapporto Anci”, Edizioni Anci Servizi, 2006

  • Kohli, Ravi:  University of Bedfordshire- UK

Professor of Child Welfare at the University of Bedfordshire. His research interests include: Social Work with asylum seeking and refugee children and their families, the resettlement of unaccompanied asylum seeking young people, including those in foster care, the use of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in welfare services for children ‘on the move’ and children who are irregular migrants, and intermittently visible to the authorities in a country of asylum.

Recent Publications: with Crawley H, ” First Evaluation Report of the Work of the Scottish Guardianship Service Pilot”. Published by the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Trust (2012)  // with Wade, J, Sirriyeh, A, et Simmonds, J “Fostering Unaccompanied Refugee and Asylum Seeking Young People in the UK”, London: BAAF (2012)// “A review of Countries of Origin reports”APCI consultation, UK Border Agency, Home Office, (April 2008)

  • Laiz, Sofia : ESOMI – University of A Coruña- Spain

Sofia is a graduate in Sociology (University of A Coruña), M.A in “Research in International Migration, Migration Policies and Intercultural Mediation” (MOMI, UDC). She has also specialized in Public Law, obtaining a DEA (University of Vigo) within the Research Programme on child protection and focusing on the protection of migrant children. Her research interests are: family and transnationalism, intergenerational social mobility in family migration, minors and young adults’ migrations within emancipation processes (Argentineans and Moroccans). She also studies those public policies related to these migrations as well as the psychosocial dynamics and intra-family processes related to them.

Recent Publications : “Famille, communauté et transnationalisme dans les migrations des mineurs Marocains vers l’Espagne : le cas de Beni Mellal“, in « Nouveaux modèles migratoires en Méditerranée », Revue Hommes et Migrations, N°1300 novembre-décembre 2012 // “Getting a chance. Children who migrate alone to Galicia “, Book of Proceedings First International Conference on Migration in Andalusia, Institute of Migration, University of Granada. Granada. 16th to 18th February 2011

  • Lardanchet, Guillaume –Hors la Rue -France

Director of the Association Hors la Rue, protecting Migrant children in danger.

  • Le Verger, Mélanie : Independent expert- France

Barrister at the Rennes Bar, specialist in the right to housing and member of the MRAP (“Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l’amitié entre les peuples”)

  • Peris Cancio, Lluis : University Roma Sapienza- Italy

Professor of Social Work Practice Evaluation at the Università degli Studi di Roma ‘La Sapienza’. Lluis is completing a PhD in Social Systems, Organisation and Public Policy Analysis. From his position at the Children Protection Unit of the Municipality of Rome, he has an extensive experience working with unaccompanied and separated children.

  • Peyroux, Olivier : Independent expert- France

Sociologist specialised in Eastern Europe and Roma populations. He lived for 6 years in Romania and has conducted numerous missions throughout the Balkans. In 2005, Olivier returned to France as deputy director of the association Hors la Rue. Meanwhile, he assumed several field research projects which led to scientific publications and communications. He currently works as a consultant for many French local authorities (Nord Pas de Calais, Paris, Essonne, Hérault) on Roma populations living in slums. He runs training courses for associations, local authorities, and legal professionals on the migration of Roma populations and / or human trafficking. He was also a court appointed expert in the context of investigations into cases of human trafficking.

Recent Publications : “Délinquants et victimes, la traite des enfants d’Europe de l’Est en France” 2013,  éd. Non Lieu (Preface by Robert Badinter and lauréat of the Caritas Fondation, institut de France) 

  • Robin, Nelly : CEPED-IRD- France

Nelly specializes in several areas including international migration, West Africa, migration routes, migration policy, unaccompanied minors, human trafficking, migrant rights, and new Information and Communication technologies. She has lead different research programs including an infrastructure of innovative research based on new technologies for the service of the Euro-African Dialogue on Migration and Development, Mobility of Minors in Sub Saharan Africa and Minors, human rights and migration experiences in Africa and Europe.

Recent Publications: with Ndiaye Mandiogou “Jeunes filles et mobilités en Afrique de l’Ouest. De la migration à la circulation”Recherche, USA Population Council, 30 p. (2012)

  • Senovilla Hernández, Daniel : Migrinter-CNRS- France

Daniel is a jurist specialising in international migration. He obtained a PhD in Law at the University of Comillas Madrid in 2010. His thesis concentrated on the legal treatment and the situation of unaccompanied migrant minors in 6 EU countries: Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom. Between 2011-2013 he coordinated a research project on the living conditions and access to fundamental rights of unaccompanied migrant minors lacking protection in Europe. Daniel has been hosted by the research laboratory MIGRINTER at the University of Poitiers-CNRS since 2004. He has also worked as a field practitioner in the area of ​​migration for various organizations in Paris, Madrid and Brussels.

Recent Publications(Â paraître) « Analyse d’une catégorie juridique récente : le mineur étranger non accompagné, séparé ou isolé », Revue Européenne de Migrations Internationales vol. 30 (1), parution prévue été 2014 // (2014) « Mineurs isolés étrangers non protégés : résultats d’une enquête dans quatre pays européens » in LARDEUX, L., Vulnérabilité, identification des risques et protection de l’enfance. Nouveaux éclairages et regards croisés, Oned- Observatoire national de l’enfance en danger, La Documentation Française, mai 2014, pp. 58-68 // (2013) « Mineurs isolés étrangers et sans protection en Europe : rapport comparatif final », PUCAFREU- Promoting unaccompanied children’s access to fundamental rights in the European Union co-funded by the European Commission, 123 pages, 2013 Available via this link // (2012) « Mineurs étrangers non accompagnés en Europe » in CLOCHARD, O., Atlas des migrants en Europe : Géographie critique des politiques migratoires, Réseau MIGREUROP, Ed. Armand Colin, pp. 26-28 // (2011) “Unaccompanied and separated children in Spain: A policy of institutional mistreating”, in J. BHABHA, Editor,Children without a State. A Global Human Rights challenge, The MIT Press, Massachussets Institute of Technology, p. 151-176 // With ELH CISSÉ, O. (2011) « La circulation migratoire des mineurs dit « non accompagnés » entre le Sénégal et l’Espagne », Réflexions croisées sur les migrations en Afrique de l’Ouest, Revue EMIGRINTER nº 7, pages 6-17 Available via this link // With KANICS, J & TOUZENIS, K (2010) Migrating alone: unaccompanied and separated children’s migration to Europe » , UNESCO Publishing, Paris,

  • Turkieltaub, Sandrine : Independent expert- France

Legal expert in child protection, child migration, child criminal law and social & health issues. 

  • Vacchiano, Francesco : CRIA- Portugal

Francesco is a clinical psychologist and PhD in Anthropology. He is member of the Frantz Fanon Centre in Turin (an outpatient clinic for the mental health of refugees and immigrants) since 1997. He is research fellow at the ICS-UL (Instituto de Ciências Sociais – Universidade de Lisboa) and member of the IMEDES (Instituto Universitario de Investigación sobre Migraciones, Etnicidad y Desarrollo Social) of the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid. His research interests focus on the anthropology and ethnopsychology of migration, medical anthropology, borders and boundaries, institutions and politics of citizenship. He has done fieldwork on these topics in Italy, Spain, Morocco and Tunisia. He has published in national and international journals on youth subjectivity, migration, refugees and anthropology of the borders, as well as a book on anthropology and ethnopsychology of migration in Italy. He works as consultant in projects of social and community intervention in Italy, Spain, Morocco, Tunisia and Portugal.

  • Valette, Marie Françoise : MIGRINTER- University of Poitiers- France

Marie-Françoise is a Lecturer at the University of Poitiers and is attached to the research laboratory, MIGRINTER. Her research interests include health care problems in developing countries and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, notably article 8 (” the Right to respect of Private and Family life”)

  • Van der Vennet, Laetitia : Service Droit des Jeunes- Belgium

Laetitia’s interest in migration and decision making led to her studying psychology, social and cultural anthropology and conflict and development studies. She has done research in the Bhutanese refugee camps in Nepal and worked for UNOHCHR’s West Africa Regional Office. After returning to Belgium, she started working for the Platform Minors on Exile, where she coordinates the work done on both detention and undocumented families. Laetitia is currently working on access to housing/reception, unreturnable families and the right to health.


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