Dr. Danica Anderson is a US-based international social scientist, researcher, and forensic counselor (criminal justice specialist) with a doctorate in clinical psychology. Dr. Anderson is a member of the UNESCO scientific and education CID council and of the International Criminal Court, a Psycho-social Victim Gender Expert for trauma with war crimes and war crimes survivors. She is a trauma clinician who has traveled the world bearing witness to―and researching how to heal transgenerational trauma and continues to make crisis responses while addressing the needs of immigrants and refugees during and in the aftermath of natural disasters and wars. Trauma response and social science and research fieldwork occurred in Afghanistan, Haiti, India, Sri Lanka, and many conflict-ridden regions and war regions.
Dr. Anderson’s international trauma work occurred in Sub-Saharan Africa for the International Criminal Court and the United Nations World Food Program in Sudan. In former Yugoslavia, Bosnia Herzegovina, her study and clinically informed trauma for over two decades provided an archive of information on women’s transgenerational trauma for war and war crimes survivors involving asylum and visas. Dr. Anderson worked with Mexico’s National Human Rights, Mexico City, and the Mexican military women’s sexual abuse, rape to murder. She trained US military personnel for the Department of Defense to certify sexual harassment and harassment advocates at US Military Bases and in South Korea. Her background includes being the Confederate Siletz Tribe Indian Child Welfare Director, providing courtesy services to over two hundred Canadian and US Native American Tribes.
With a cultural corpus and tribes indicating repercussions of transgenerational wounds racing across present and future generations, it demanded the inclusion of trauma impacts research and treatments saturated with cultural approaches inclusive of immigrants and refugees seeking asylum and immigration visa status. Over 80 million people, one percent of the globe’s population, are refugees. And of the 80 million, most are women, and forty percent are children. The Balkan War listed seventy-five percent to eighty percent of women; in the Ukrainian War, over ninety percent were women. Dr. Anderson is working with the Bosnian women’s war and war crimes survivors and Ukrainian women war survivors. These conflicts and trauma-inducing experiences, which include wars, domestic violence, nonstate torture, poverty, disease, and racial and sex discrimination, have an invisible status in the diverse international asylum and visa regulations.