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.
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.