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School to host lecturer on Syrian humanitarian crisis

Djaouida SiaciUNC School of Social Work will host Djaouida Siaci, an attorney specializing in cross-border disputes and international criminal investigations, on Tuesday, March 28 at noon, for a lecture about the Syrian humanitarian crisis. A representative from Syria’s White Helmets, an all-volunteer organization known for their search and rescue missions, will join the lecture virtually to discuss the current humanitarian situation.

Siaci, who focuses her legal work on the Middle East and Africa, will also discuss how the recent devastating earthquake in southern Turkey and northwestern Syria has exacerbated challenges for Syrian residents, many of whom have already been displaced from their homes due to an ongoing civil war.

Her lecture — “Turkiye-Syria Earthquake: A Perfect Storm for Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis. A Renewed Call to Action for Forcibly Displaced People” — will be hosted in the auditorium of the School’s Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The lecture will also be streamed live online. Registration is required to attend.

Siaci lives in Wake Forest and holds Master of Law degrees from Harvard, the University of Paris, Sorbonne and from the University of Algiers. She is a current member of the bar associations in New York, North Carolina and the District of Colombia; she practices law in North Carolina.

Lunch will be provided to in-person attendees (capped to 40 registered guests).