is a lawyer who worked as a volunteer at the Refugee Department of Amnesty International Netherlands. While there, she started her research on the legal situation of LGBT asylum seekers in the Netherlands. Currently she is the main researcher and focal point of the European research project "Fleeing Homophobia, Seeking Safety in Europe".
COC Netherlands: C.O.C. means "Cultuur en Ontspannings-Centrum", or Centre for Culture and Leisure, a reminder of the pseudonym the organisation initially adopted after its foundation in 1946. COC is the oldest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender organisation in the world.