Francesca is undertaking a PhD in Community Psychology under the supervision of Profs José Ornelas and Caterina Arcidiacono. Her project, funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, is an ecological study of life within immigration detention centres in Italy and Portugal. One of the research goals is to adapt and validate the MQLD questionnaire developed by Mary Bosworth and Blerina Kellezi. Francesca is a member of BeFree Social Cooperative of Rome. From 2008 to 2012, she worked as a psychological consultant for women victims of violence, trafficking, and exploitation, including migrant women held in Rome’s Center for Identification and Expulsion. Francesca provides training on gender-based violence and promotes survivors’ self-help groups. She collaborates with the Association for Study and Psychosocial Integration-AEIPS of Lisbon.

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