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Jill Hanley


Jill Hanley comes to McGill after having studied in Montreal, Boston and Brussels, having benefited from an interdisciplinary education. Her research today focuses on community organizing and social policy as they intersect with people's immigration status, and she is pleased to be involved in several research teams around this broad topic. She remains active in Montreal-based community organizations, particularly the Immigrant Workers' Centre. Jill is interested in working with students who are interested in bridging the community-university divide.

Dr. Hanley joined the faculty in 2006 as an Assistant Professor and comes to the School of Social Work having previously garnered experience at Tufts University (Boston), l'Université de Montréal and the Université Libre de Bruxelles. In her varied fields of study, be they Anthropology, Urban and Environmental Policy or Social Work, Dr. Jill Hanley consistently addresses issues of community development and social rights.

Dr. Hanley, as a qualitative researcher specializing in community organization and social policy issues where they intersect immigration status, is currently focusing on projects related to migrants with precarious immigration status. As part of her work, she is examining issues that range from access to health care to the defense of labor rights, particularly in the case of domestic workers and undocumented migrants. A principal goal behind Dr. Hanley's research is to document the challenges faced by the migrants so that the information can be used to strengthen community groups in their development and pursuit of rights as well as to inform policy change. Her students often have the opportunity to connect to community-based initiatives through their academic work.

An active member of Project Genesis since 1994, Dr. Hanley also co-founded the Immigrant Workers Center in 2000 and remains active there to this day. Her international experiences have involved community development, activist initiatives and academic exchanges in Brazil, Sri Lanka, the United States, the Philippines, Belgium and Indonesia


Hanley, Jill & Valerie Lavigne (2009). Accès à la santé pour les aides familiales résidantes: résultats d'un sondage communautaire. Pour une véritable intégration: Droit au travail sans discrimination, Paul Eid, ed. Montréal: Fides/Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse. (BOOK CHAPTER)

Choudry, Hanley, Jordan, Shragge & Stiegman (2009). Respect et résistance. Revue du CREMIS 2(4):7-14. (PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLE)

Hanley, J. (forthcoming). "Feminist Organising for Housing in an Immigrant Neighbourhood" in Women of Colour and Social Justice Work in Canada, V. Agnew, ed.

Hanley J. (forthcoming). La gauche militante dans les luttes pour les droits des sans-papiers : incontournable et contestée au Québec. In Contester dans un pays prospère, J. Gotovitch, A. Morelli, S. Jaumain, eds. Brussels: PIE-Peter Lang.

Hanley J. and E. Shragge. (forthcoming). Economic Security for Women with Precarious Immigration Status: Enforcing Labour Rights for All. In Imagining Public Policy to Meet Women's Economic Security Needs, J. Pulkingham & M. Griffin Cohen, eds. CCPA.

Oxman Martinez, J., Hanley, J. (in press). L'identité assignée du statut d'immigration précaire et l'accès aux services de santé : la construction sociale de l'exclusion. In SAILLANT, F. Éthique de l'Altérité. Québec, Presses de l'Université Laval. (Chapitre accepté, publication à venir)
Grenier, A. and J. Hanley. (2007). Older Women & 'Frailty': Aged, Gendered and Embodied Resistance. Current Sociology 55 (211-28).

Hanley J. and E. Shragge. (2007). Radical Social Work Traditions in Canada: Examining the Quebec Community Movement. In Towards a Social Work of Resistance: International Social Work and the Radical Tradition, I. Ferguson, M. Lavalette, & D. Zavirek, eds. IFSW/Venture Press.

Hanley, J. and L. Serge. (2006). "Putting Housing back on the CED Agenda" in Community Economic Development: Building for Social Change, E. Shragge and M. Toye, eds. Sydney, NS: University of Cape Breton Press.

Oxman Martinez, J. and J. Hanley. (2005). Health and Social Services for Canada's Multicultural Population: Challenges for Equity. Ottawa: Heritage Canada.

Oxman Martinez, J. (P.I), Lacroix, M. and J. Hanley. (2005). Community-based Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in Canada. Ottawa: Justice Canada.

Oxman Martinez, J., J. Hanley and F. Gomez. (2005). Canadian Policy on Human Trafficking: A Four-Year Analysis. International Migration Journal 43(4).

Oxman Martinez, J., J. Hanley, L. Lach, et al. (October 2005). Intersection of Canadian Policy Parameters affecting Women with Precarious Immigration Status: a Baseline for Understanding Barriers to Health. Journal of Immigrant Health 7(4).

Hanley, J. and J. Oxman Martinez. (2004). Metropolis Conversation on Human Trafficking. Metropolis Conversation Series no.18
Oxman Martinez, J. and J. Hanley. (2004): A follow up study of Canadian policy on Human Trafficking: Impacts of the immigration and refugee Protection Act. Montreal: Immigration et métropoles Working Paper.

Oxman Martinez, J., J. Hanley, L. Chung. (2004). Another Look at the Live-in-Caregivers Program (LCP): An Analysis of an Action Research Survey Conducted by PINAY, the Quebec Filipino Women's Association. Montreal: Immigration et métropoles Working Paper.

Shragge, E., S. Jordan, J. Hanley, L. Posner, M. Luciano, C. Baltodano. (2004). Immigrant Workers Learning to Labour in Canada: Rights and Organizing Strategies. Research report submitted to the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, May.

Hanley, J. (2004) "De tout avec ben d'la sauce": Community Organizing for Social Housing in an Immigrant Neighbourhood. Université de Montréal.

Hanley, J. and E. Shragge. (2004). Crossing boundaries: Worker and Community Organizing. Canadian Review of Social Policy no.53:164-8.

Morin, R. and J. Hanley. (2004). Community Economic Development in a Context of Globalisation: from Neighbourhood Revitalization to Metropolitan Governance. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

Oxman Martinez, J., and Hanley J. (2004). Research on Diversity: Contributions to better health policy and practice. Our Diverse Cities.1 :115-8.

Hanley, J. (2002). Community economic development in a metropolitan context: the case of Boston. Studies, materials and documents no. 16. Montreal: UQAM Department of Urban and Tourism Studies.

Hanley, J. and M. Silvestro. (2002). Développement économique communautaire dans le contexte métropolitain: le cas de Pittsburgh. Études, matériaux et documents, no. 15. Montreal: UQAM, Department of Urban and Tourism Studies.

Oxman Martinez, J., A. Martinez and J. Hanley. (2001). Trafficking Women: Gendered Impacts of Canadian Immigration Policy. Journal of International Migration and Integration,2 (3), 297-313.

Oxman Martinez, J., A. Martinez and J. Hanley. (2001). Canadian Government Policy and Practice with regards to Human Trafficking: Implications for Refugees. Refuge 19(4): 14-23.

Rowe, W., J. Hanley, E. Repetur Moreno and J. Mould. (2000). "Voices of Social Work Practice: Reflections on the Effects of Globalization". Canadian Social Work 2(1): 65-87. (Translated to French, Spanish and Japanese)

Hanley, J. (2000) "Integrating Vision and Reality: the Young Sisters for Justice explore the possibilities for urban girls' programs" in What are Girls Like Us Doing in a Place Like This? By the Young Sisters for Justice. Boston: Boston Women's Fund.

Mead, M., X. Barahona, Y. Caridad, J. Dowdell, J. Hanley, D. Liu, A. Matos Gonzalez and T. Pinnock. (2000) Integrating Vision and Reality: possibilities for urban girls' programs. Boston: Boston Women's Fund


2000-present Immigrant Workers’ Centre: Coordination and administration; community organising; member of the Steering Committee; individual rights advising; workplace campaigns; popular education; supervision of student interns

2002-present Centre for Philippine Concerns: Popular Education Committee member; human rights campaigns; delegate to 2005 International Solidarity Mission (human rights investigation) and 2003 International Solidarity Affair in the Philippines (Labour Rights Conference), followed by six-week internship with people’s organisations in rural areas

2005-present Front de défense des non-sydiqués (FDNS): Member of migrant workers’ working group

2008-present Réseau d’accès à la santé pour les migrants (RASMi): Founding member; active in the Médecins du Monde Clinique migrant

2010-present Canadian Council for Refugees: Member of working group on temporary foreign workers

2010-present Committee d’action sur la traite internationale et interne (CATHII): Member of working group on human trafficking

2008-2012 ÉDIFIS (Équité en Développement Immobilier à des Fins d’Intérêt Social): Founding Board member; secretary

1994-2009 Project Genesis: Storefront social rights advisor (1994-1997, 1999-2004); door-knocking (1994-1997); Board member (2000-2004, 2007-2009); Administrative Committee (2005-2009)

1999-2008 Comité d’action de Parc Extension: Housing organizing & advocacy (1999-2004); Board member (2000-2004, 2006-2008)




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Agriculture and horticulture workers, Occupations in services - Domestic work, Sales and service occupations - general, Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations - general, Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations - general, Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing, Dancers, and Iba

Geographical kaugnayan

Ontario and Quebec

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Social Work


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