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Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei’s 2018 US Tour Schedule: November 14-28

Yasser Abujamei, MDThis fall we have the incredible opportunity to welcome Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei, Executive Director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program, to the United States. We hope you will take the opportunity to meet and hear him speak as he tours from November 14-28! Stay tuned for details and additional opportunities.

Tuesday, November 13: San Bernardino, California

  • Venue: California State University San Bernardino
  • Time: 6 PM
  • Location: CSUSB, College of Education, Room CE 105, 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92407 (campus map)

The Center for Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, the University Diversity Committee, the Department of Communication Studies, and the Center for International Studies & Programs invite you to a panel discussion, “Living Under Complex Trauma: On Borders, Violence, and Militarism.” The panel will include a talk by Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei, a well-known Palestinian psychiatrist and director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programs. He will be joined by Professor Liliana Conlisk-Gallegos, Professor of Communication Studies at CSUSB, to talk about militarizing borders and its impact in the cases of Gaza and the Mexican borders. Professor Conlisk-Gallegos will talk about rarely discussed forms of invisible racist violence, which usually take place at the US-Mexico borders regardless of people’s legal status. Professor Conlisk-Gallegos will share her personal experience crossing the borders most of her life. Dr. Abu Jamei and Dr. Conlisk-Gallegos will draw parallels from the two borders focusing on trauma, especially among children. Email for more information:

Wednesday, November 14: San Diego, California

  • Venue: APHA International Health Luncheon (session #511.0)
  • Time: 12:30-2 PM
  • Location: San Diego Convention Center 7AB

For more information contact, Cindy Sousa at or Devin Atallah-Gutierrez at

Thursday, November 15: Portland, Oregon

  • Venue: Tabor Space
  • Time: 7-9 PM
  • Location: Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 S.E. Belmont Street in Portland, Oregon

This event is free. We will be asking for donations, as you are able, for the construction of Gaza Community Mental Health Program’s new building to enable them to expand their vital work. Dr. Yasser will talk about life in Gaza in 2018 and about providing mental health care to a population with so many needs. We will also be asking for donations to support the construction of the new building for GCMHP. We hope you can join us for a powerful event and a wonderful evening. We are honored to be able to support the important work of GCMHP. For questions and to RSVP, please email Maxine Fookson at or call Ned Rosch at 503-381-7011.

Friday, November 16: Olympia, Washington

  • Venue: The Olympia Center, Room 101
  • Time: 12-1 PM. Bring your lunch!
  • Location: 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia, WA 98501

Please join us for “Mental Health in Gaza Under Siege.” In a lunchtime discussion, Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei will speak about psychological health in Gaza in 2018. Guests are urged to arrive a few minutes before noon and to bring their lunches. Coffee and tea will be provided. Admission is free. Donations are requested to support completion of GCMHP’s new building that will provide expansion of the organization’s vital treatment, training, and education programs. The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice is proud to join our regional partners and the Gaza Mental Health Foundation in making this event and opportunity possible. For further information, contact or call 360-754-3998.

Friday, November 16: Seattle, Washington

  • Venue: University of Washington, Seattle
  • Time: 3 PM
  • Location: Turner Auditorium (D209 in the Magnuson Health Sciences Center)

The UofW, Seattle Department of Global Mental Health and SUPER present “Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei: Mental Health Systems in War: Gaza Community Mental Health Programme.” Stay tune for more information and contacts.

Saturday, November 17: Seattle, Washington

  • Venue: Seattle Mennonite Church
  • Time: lunchtime (details TBA)
  • Location: 3120 NE 125th St. Seattle, WA 98125

Dr Yasser will be the lunch speaker at “The Intersectionality of Justice and Peace in Palestine/Israel: Uncovering and Reporting the Truths,” sponsored by Kairos Puget Sound Coalition. For more information, contact Gerri Haynes at, Huda Giddens at or Mary Segall at

Sunday, November 18: Spokane, Washington

  • Venue: Salem Lutheran Church
  • Time: 2-4 PM
  • Location: 1428 W Broadway Ave, Spokane WA 99201

Details to come. For more information, contact Marianne Torres at 509-995-2232 or

Monday, November 19: Boston, Massachusetts

  • Venue: Boston University
  • Time: 6-8 PM
  • Location: 91 Bay State Rd, Boston 02215

You are invited to join BU Wheelock College of Education and Human Development, the BU Kilachand Honors College, and BU Students for Justice in Palestine as they welcome Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei ابو جامع , who will be giving a talk: “Centering Gaza: Trauma & Resilience on the frontlines.” Please read more and RSVP on Facebook, and download a flyer for posting.

Tuesday, November 20: Boston, Massachusetts

  • Venue: Boston College
  • Time: 12 PM
  • Location: Campion 139, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Join a lunch event at BC as part of the “Rights in Conflict” series at the Center of Human Rights and International Justice with Professor Brinton Lykes. A light lunch will be served. Read the full event description, and register online today! For more information, contact Brinton Lykes at or Timothy Karcz at

Tuesday, November 20: Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • Venue: Harvard Medical School
  • Time: 3-4 PM
  • Location: Harvard Medical School, TMEC 106

The Psychiatry Interest Group and the Harvard Student Human Rights Collaborative invite you to a conversation with Dr. Yasser Abu-Jamei, Psychiatrist & Executive Director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP). GCMHP provides crisis intervention and rehabilitation services to families in Gaza in the context of military occupation, siege, and violent conflict. Refreshments will be served. RSVP online today.

Saturday, November 24: Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • Venue: Andala Coffee House
  • Time: 5:30-7 PM
  • Location: 286 Franklin Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

The Gaza Mental Health Foundation cordially invites you to an evening of cultural celebration and resilience in support of it’s mental health efforts in Gaza: “Gaza’s on my mind / غزة عَ بالي.” The event will include live performances of Palestinian folk songs accompanied by Oud, stories of trangenerational activism for the cause, as well as selected readings on resilience and self-determination. Our key note speaker will be psychiatrist Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei , the director of the Gaza Mental Health Community Program (GCMHP) who is visiting from Gaza for a US educational tour.  Suggested donation: $35. All proceedings will go to support the ongoing efforts of the GCMHP to provide a state of the art mental health service for the heavily traumatized population in Gaza. Please read more and RSVP on the Facebook event.

Monday, November 26: Washington, DC

  • Venue: Donor Dinner
  • Time: 6-9 PM
  • Location: TBA

This event is invitation only. For more information, contact Brian Barber at 865-300-1615 or

Tuesday, November 27: Washington, DC

  • Venue: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Time: 10-11:30 AM
  • Location: TBA

Please join moderator Zaha Hassan and participants Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei, Brian Barber, Elizabeth Campbell, and Alaa Hammouda for a roundtable discussion. More details to come. For more information, contact Brian Barber at 865-300-1615 or

Wednesday, November 28: Washington, DC

  • Venue: Institute for Palestine Studies
  • Time: 12-2:30 PM
  • Location: 3501 M Street NW, Washington, DC

This event is invitation only. For more information, contact Brian Barber at 865-300-1615 or

Thursday, November 29: Washington, DC

  • Venue: Congressional Briefing on Mental Health in the Gaza Strip
  • Time: 12-1:30 PM
  • Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2203, Washington, DC

For the last decade, the socioeconomic situation in Gaza has been in steady decline. Unemployment is over 46%, nearly 65% among youth. The blockade on land, air and sea imposed by Israel following the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007 has devastated markets, with the overwhelming majority of residents now dependent on humanitarian assistance. Daily electricity has not averaged more than 8 hours, often less. Ingress and egress from Gaza are severely restricted. Three wars have led to thousands of deaths, scores of thousands injured, and widespread destruction of homes and property. All of these conditions have led to an exploding mental health crisis.

The panel discussion will highlight the social and psychological suffering, how the population copes with these conditions, and the ways in which NGOs and other international organizations are attempting to address this catastrophe. There will be time for questions and answers. The event is open to the press.


  • Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei, Executive Director, Gaza Community Mental Health Program, Gaza City
  • Elizabeth Campbell, Director, UNRWA’s Representative Office, Washington, DC
  • Bill Slaughter, Director, US Gaza Mental Health Foundation
  • Brian K. Barber, Fellow, New American and Institute for Palestine Studies


  • Khaled Elgindy, Brookings Institute

Sponsored the US Gaza Mental Health Foundation in full compliance with all US Senate and House rules

Please RSVP to For more information, contact Bill Slaugher at or Brian K. Barber at