Katharine Jones Director
Working virtually from her home in Glasgow, she has been conducting advocacy-related migration research for over 20 years for the UN, NGOs and grant-making foundations. Katharine specialises in writing about employment rights for migrants, trafficking and forced labour, and business and human rights.
She is motivated by a passion for challenging the accelerating global precarity of migration. Katharine also serves as a Trustee for A Moment’s Peace, a socially engaged theatre company producing art, activism and solidarity; and for Bazooka Arts, which provides therapeutic arts for children and adults.
Katherine McHale Director
Katherine McHale is an American lawyer who retired from her employment as a Court Attorney in 2013. During Katherine’s thirty-year career as a lawyer, she worked in the New York State court system, for the New York Legal Aid Society, on the staff of a United States Senator, and as an Editorial Assistant at the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress.
Katherine was awarded a doctorate in Art History from the University of St Andrews in April 2018. She is active in her local church community, previously serving on the vestry of St Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church and directing annual fundraising campaigns. In Scotland, she is involved in her local church where she currently serves as convenor of its Resources Company.
Deirdre Hanlon Director
Deirdre Hanlon is a Trustee of JustRight Scotland and has over 17 years’ experience in the voluntary legal sector; specifically providing specialist legal advice, assistance and representation to people with a mental health diagnosis or disability across a wide range of civil legal issues.
Deirdre was appointed HM Legal Commissioner to the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland in 2006 serving for a period of five years.
Since 2013, Deirdre has sat as a Legal Convener to the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland and was further appointed as Convener to the Additional Support Needs Tribunal for Scotland in 2015.
Deirdre also edits the Health and Education Chamber Tribunal Members Bulletin, Deirdre is a partner in Kirk Hanlon solicitors where she specialises in incapacity law.
Maria Fletcher Director
Maria Fletcher is a Trustee of JustRight Scotland and Senior Lecturer in European Law and Deputy Head of the School of Law at the University of Glasgow. She teaches and researches EU law, with a particular focus on the fields of migration, citizenship and criminal Justice and a particular interest in nurturing and producing impact through collaborative civic engagement.
She is on the Steering Group of the University of Glasgow’s Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet) and the Director of the Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe (SULNE).
Maria is currently leading a collaborative project to mark the 2019 centenary of women in law and is working with Human Rights Consortium Scotland to inform, support and advise civil society organisations in Scotland about the impacts of Brexit. She has experience of governance in charitable sector through her previous campaigning and chairing role with a Glasgow community centre.
Jen Ang Director
Jen is a Director at JRS Knowhow, on secondment from our parent charity JustRight Scotland, responsible for its strategy and development.
Jen is an experienced human rights lawyer qualified to practice in Scotland, England and Wales, and New York State. She is a legal expert on asylum, human rights and children’s rights, and on the rights of survivors of torture. Jen is also an experienced lecturer in law with the Open University, lecturing on Scots law and the law of England and Wales.
Kirsty Thomson Director
Kirsty is a co-founding Managing Partner / Director of JustRight Scotland, responsible for overall management and development of our parent charity. She also leads our Scottish Women’s Rights Centre (SWRC) and our Scottish Anti-Trafficking & Exploitation Centre (SATEC).
Kirsty has an LLM in International Human Rights Law and 13 years’ experience in practice as a human rights lawyer within Scotland. During this time, she managed a specialist legal service within a national law centre where she developed a collaborative human rights based approach working in the area of women’s rights, children’s rights and asylum/immigration law.
Kirsty has experience of designing, implementing and managing innovative legal projects. She has worked with legal and non-legal partners at a national and international level in order to pilot and deliver legal services more effectively.
Kirsty is a member of various advisory and working groups in human rights law. She is a legal expert in human trafficking and has published best practice standards, training and written publications in this area. She co-convenes the Scottish Working Group of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association and is the Scottish member for the Strategic Litigation Fund expert panel.
Mahlea Babjak Director
Mahlea Babjak is a Trustee of JustRight Scotland and the London Project Manager at the Migrants’ Rights Network. She works across policy, advocacy, research, and network development to create a just society for all migrants. She advises on the Greater London Authority’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Board, the Migrants, Refugees, and Asylum Panel, and the No Recourse to Public Funds steering group.
Mahlea is also in the final stages of a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. Her thesis focuses on reframing the anti-human trafficking narrative through the perspective of migration policy reform.
Her professional background includes having previously worked across 30+ countries on combating the issue of sexual and labour exploitation, gaining experience especially in program development and strategy.