Published on May 22, 2018
slide 1: Lewis Aptekar: Who Are the Internally Displaced An academic researcher and published author Lewis Aptekar has enjoyed the opportunity to work in and contribute to the field of clinical psychology for most of the last 30 years. A longtime professor at San Jose State University now retired and licensed clinical psychologist Lewis Aptekar has engaged in numerous in- depth research efforts throughout his career those which have led to numerous published papers articles and novels regarding the issues particularly disadvantaged populations in developing nations have faced and continue to face on a daily basis. slide 2: Lewis Aptekar is responsible not only directly working with and studying many of these groups but for providing real insight into their situations for providing a better understanding of current policies and procedures in place to manage these populations and for making policy procedure and research recommendations to better address and mitigate such issues in the future. Aptekar’s work in this area is perhaps best highlighted in 2014’s Street Children and Homeless Youth: A Cross Cultural Perspective. slide 3: Much of the research and writing Lewis Aptekar has engaged in over the course of his career has centered on the struggles of the Internally Displaced. Unlike refugees who are often driven from their homes and countries of origin due to armed conflict strife famine and other severe conditions the internally displaced remain within their nation-of-origin. Though the displaced are often forced to flee due to many of the same reasons as refugees they do not cross over into another country. Because they don’t cross internationally-recognized lines the internally displaced are not afforded the same slide 4: protections within the international system as refugees. Though they may be separated from their loved ones mired in poverty and subject to many of the same harms and abuses that commonly force refugees to flee displaced persons tend to receive much less in terms of international attention scrutiny and care placing them in what can be extremely trying situations with limited sources of recourse or support to rely on. The number of internally displaced persons around the world is hard to accurately determine as estimates tend to come from a variety of sources and differ greatly. With no international body available to properly track or provide protection and help to such persons it is very difficult to make a truly accurate estimation of the total number of displaced across the globe. slide 5: Much of Lewis Aptekar’s work has been centered on and dealt directly with internally displaced populations.