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PICS Career Event. Careers with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency

John A. Young, Senior Staff Development Officer (Refugee Law), UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
12:00-1:00 PM
Off Campus Location
Interested in careers with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency? Join us to learn from Senior Staff Development Officer (Refugee Law), UNHCR and University of Michigan alumnus, John A. Young (BA ‘86, JD ‘90) who will share his career and life experiences from his 25+ years of service with UNHCR.

Please note: This session will be held virtually EST through Zoom. This webinar is free and open to students, but registration is required. Once you've registered the joining information will be sent to your email.

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John A. Young, University of Michigan LS&A (Double majoring in Russian Language and Literature, and Russian and East European Studies) and Law, has worked most of his career on refugee protection. Mainly with UNHCR since 1994, he also served five years at the European Commission in pre-accession projects on law and justice. Throughout his career, John has been engaged in refugee status determination, resettlement, asylum-building, migration management, and the identification and response to vulnerable persons. While in Iraq, he oversaw the provision of shelter to hundreds of thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons. In Turkey, he was responsible for supervision of refugee status determination, resettlement, protection policy and all other issues falling under UNHCR's protection mandate, in what at the time were the largest Refugee Status Determination and Resettlement operations in UNHCR. Whilst in Brussels he prepared UNHCR's legal submissions for ECHR in Strasbourg, and the Court of Justice, and worked with the European Parliament and Commission on the recast Qualification Directive. Presently he is a Senior Staff Development Officer (Refugee Law), based in Budapest, Hungary. John has also served in Russia, Switzerland, Serbia and Slovakia, with missions to Kenya, Uganda, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us at Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Type: Livestream / Virtual
Tags: Career, Human Rights, International, International Studies, Migration, Refugee, Unhcr, United Nations
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Program in International and Comparative Studies, International Institute, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

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