John Wilkinson, MA

Manager of Legal Services, PSOT
John Wilkinson has served as BIA-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 frequently accompanies clients on naturalization and adjustment interviews with USCIS officers, following extensive preparation.   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 and has been with the Program since 2000.  He holds a Master’s Degree in International Administration from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.