Safe spaces for bright futures


Nancy Dorsinville

Advisory Group

Nancy Dorsinville is a native Haitian and anthropologist with a degree from Colombia University. Nancy Dorsainville is currently the Senior Ploicy Advisor for the UN Office of the Special Envoy to Haiti (OSE), where she focuses on policy issue for vulnerable poupulations, namely internally displaced population (IDPs) and particular gender main streaming, orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and the handicapped. She is the liaison for the OSE and the government of Haiti (GOH) ministries responsible for these transversal issues.

Originally from Haiti, she is an Anthropologist and prior to joining the ISE was a Research Associate at the Harvard School of Public Health, where her research areas included HIV stigma, health disparities and gendes-based violence (GBV).

She served as director of HIV prevention education for the city of NY and has a long standing affiliation with the Clinton Health Access Initiative(VHAI), under whose umbrella she conducted a country-wide diagnostic of the health care system in Haiti in conjunction with the Haitian Ministry of Health (MSPP) and Partners in Health. She has done extensive field work with Dr. Pau Framer and continues to be part of his global teaching team at Harvar University.


Marissa Billowitz

Advisory Group

Marissa serves as the Senior Program Officer overseeing youth initiatives at IPPF/WHR. She has extensive experience working in sexual and reproductive health, paticulary with regard to gender, sexuality, training, capcity building, and program management.

Prior to joining IPPF/WHR in 2009, Marissa served as the Dirctor of Emergency Contraception Education ant Outreach at Planned Parenthood of New York City. She also coordinated initiatives addressing HIV/AIDS in Latin America and Latino men's health in the Unites States at Columbia University's Heiblbrunn Center, and served as a Program Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Margaret Sanger Center International.

<arissa holds a Master of Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University.