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Leslie E. Vélez

Senior Protection Officer

Leslie E. Vélez heads protection activities on behalf of asylum seekers, refugees and stateless persons in the U.S. with the help of government officials, attorneys, and non-governmental organizations in the United States. The U.S. Protection Unit serves as a resource to policymakers in drafting and implementing refugee protection measures. It also monitors U.S. compliance with international standards of refugee protection and assists asylum seekers and their representatives in presenting claims in the U.S.