Stephen Hanmer D’Elía

Specializes in child protection, forced migration, youth engagement, mental health & psychosocial support.

For the past 24 years Stephen has led, designed, and implemented policies, programs, and direct clinical work for children, youth, and families. Stephen has worked and lived in over 20 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America. Stephen has worked with a variety of organizations, including the United Nations, international organizations, and national and community-based organizations. Examples of Stephen’s work include: leading UNICEF’s work with legislative branches of government and religious communities; directing education, youth, and parent support programs for one of the largest foster care agencies in the United States; conducting individual and group therapy with children and youth; and overseeing the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of child protection and refugee programs in Africa and the Middle East for one of the largest international humanitarian organizations. Stephen has Law (J.D.) and Social Work (L.M.S.W.) degrees from Columbia University and a History (B.A.) degree from Yale University. Born in Colombia, Stephen holds Uruguayan, American, and British citizenships. Find out more at