Jillian Hunchak (she/they) works as a research analyst at the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence (Canada Centre). She specializes in gender-based violence, including the Involuntary Celibate (Incel) movement and violence against 2SLGBTQI+ persons and communities, in addition to the far-right, conspiracy theories, and mis/dis/malinformation.
Jillian received her MA in Terrorism, Security, and Society from King’s College London in 2018, and integrates her background in Anthropology to center cultural contexts, intersectionalities, and social dynamics in her research. Prior to joining the Canada Centre, she is fortunate to have worked with think-tanks including Moonshot, Insight Threat Intelligence, and the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), conducting open-source research on a wide variety of extremist movements. She is currently based in Southern Alberta and is passionate about integrating and adapting P/CVE practices to better serve rural and remote communities.
The inaugural Eradicate Hate Summit was a truly impressive gathering of leaders dedicated to finding lasting and effective solutions to violent extremism. I was particularly moved by the prominence given to survivors and family members of victims of hate and violence throughout the event. Their stories and those of so many others must be at the center of what we do and why we do it.