Research Team

Ontario

Rupaleem Bhuyan

Rupaleem Bhuyan

Principal Investigator

Rupaleem Bhuyan is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, where she teaches community practice and social justice advocacy to future social workers. She was born in the United States (as the daughter of Assamese immigrants) and now is an immigrant again in Canada. Since 1991, Rupaleem has been part of the anti-violence against women movement in North America, working in collaboration with indigenous, immigrant and refugee communities. Following the events of September 11, 2001, Rupaleem became more active in immigrant rights and examining how immigration policies contribute to different forms of gender-based violence.

As the Principal Investigator for the Migrant Mothers Project, Rupaleem plans and oversees the project’s daily activities. In the spirit of feminist, participatory action research, she strives to work collaboratively with community partners, staff, and peer researchers to fulfill the MMP’s research, advocacy and community building goals.

Anna Kortegweg

Anna Korteweg

Co-Investigator

Anna Korteweg is Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Her work problematizes the notion of “immigrant integration” and the ways in which belonging is defined in the intersections of gender, religion, ethnicity and national origin in Western Europe and Canada. Her co-authored book (with Gökçe Yurdakul), Headscarf Debates: Conflicts of National Belonging, was published by Stanford University Press in 2014.

Lorraine Valmadrid

Lorraine Valmadrid

Lorraine is a Social Work (MSW) student at the University of Toronto. She supports the project’s work with Caregivers, which includes consulting with the Peer Research Committee, conducting individual interviews and focus groups, and performing an environmental scan of services available to Caregivers.

Ellen Tang

Ellen Tang

Ellen is a student in the Master of Social Work program at the University of Toronto. She supports MMP’s communications and research activities. Her interests include migrant mental health and community development.

Manaal Fahim

Manaal S.

Manaal is a Social Work student at the University of Toronto. She supports the project’s activities related to Sponsored Spouses and Partners including outreach, recruitment, data collection and analysis. Her research interests are related to community-based social work for women across the lifecourse.

Edna Bovas

Edna Bovas

Edna Bovas is a graduate student in the department of English at the University of Toronto with a solid background in Women & Gender studies. As a research assistant, she works with Migrant Mother Project’s social media platforms and will contribute to the Sponsored Spouses Journeys project as well. She is intersected in further exploring the intersections between religion, migration, and gender.

Alberta

Maribel Javier

Maribel Javier

Maribel Javier works at Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary and handles the coordination and community outreach part of the MMP in Calgary. She also volunteers for an organization who supports live-in caregivers and temporary foreign workers.

Humaira  Falak

Humaira Falak

Humaira Falak is the program coordinator for volunteer services at Calgary seniors’ Resource Society and currently enrolled in the Masters of Arts- integrated Studies at Athabasca University. She is involved with several non- profit organizations in Calgary supporting women and work with the South Asian community to create awareness regarding domestic abuse and related issues.