John Wilkinson, MA
Director of Legal Services
Mr. Wilkinson is the Director of Legal Services at PSOT. He has served as a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)-Accredited Representative with the program since 2011. He represents clients in their applications for asylum, family reunification, permanent residency, citizenship, employment authorization, green card lottery, and refugee travel documents. In addition, he identifies and refers clients for Pro Bono legal representation and services. He serves as a contact point for lawyers requesting documentation for clients they are representing from the Program. He also provides legal orientation sessions to new clients and staff.
Mr. Wilkinson has served as a job developer for refugees, as a social service provider for African immigrant families, and as a paralegal for an immigration attorney. For eight years, he also worked as a development specialist for international agencies and the Peace Corps in Senegal and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and several other countries in West Africa. He speaks French and Wolof. He holds a Master's Degree in International Administration from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. Mr. Wilkinson has been with the Program since 2000.