Life and Livelihood During COVID-19: A Roundtable with IOM, ILO and OHCHR (Global Engagement Online Series)

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the reality of being quarantined has had significant implications about work–and livelihoods–for people all around the world. Three UN agencies, International Labour Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), and Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCR) discuss the rights and ramifications for working during these uncertain times.


Kevin Cassidy, Director and Representative to the Bretton Woods and Multilateral Organizations, ILO Office for the United States

Kevin Cassidy, with over 33 years of international development experience, is currently the Director and Representative to the Bretton Woods and Multilateral Organizations for the International Labour Organization (ILO) Office for the United States.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Cassidy served as the Senior Communications and Economic and Social Affairs Officer for 11 years in the ILO Office for the United Nations with additional responsible for partnerships in North America.
During this time, Mr. Cassidy worked with member States to organise Heads of State/Government and Ministerial level events highlighting decent work as well as introducing policy language on key development issues into the resolutions and outcomes documents of the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee and the Commissions of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Before his assignment to New York, Mr. Cassidy was the Chief Technical Adviser for the ILO’s Global Campaign on Promoting Fundamental Rights at Work. During that time he developed numerous communication initiatives in over 40 countries such as interactive radio and television programmes as well as training journalists on communicating locally on decent work, child labour, forced labour, discrimination and the freedom of association.

Prior to joining the ILO, Mr. Cassidy worked for the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF-UK) in London as the Operations, Communications and Partnership Director. His work with the AKF-UK focused on rural and community-based development in Central and South Asia.

Mr. Cassidy has worked in several UN offices during his career including the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) on the issue of landmines, the Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA), the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Ban Ki-moon), the UN Department of Public Information and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS), New York.

Mr. Cassidy holds a Masters’ of Economic and Political Development from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.


Jyoti Sanghera, Chief of Human Rights and Economic and Social Issues Section, Development and Social Issues Branch, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Jyoti Sanghera is the Chief of the Human Rights and Economic and Social Issues Section in the Development and Social Issues Branch at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She has been with Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for close to a decade serving as the Adviser on trafficking in Geneva for several years and subsequently as the Senior Human Rights Adviser in Sri Lanka.

She has also worked with UNICEF both in South Asia and New York and with UNDP’s regional office in New Delhi. Jyoti Sanghera has worked on human rights protection issues in relation to women, migrants, and other discriminated groups in conflict and post conflict situations for the past three decades in various capacities, including with key NGOs in North America and Asia.

She has taught for several years in the Department of Women’s Studies in the University of Victoria in Canada. Jyoti Sanghera has a Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley, USA, and a Masters degrees in Women and International Development from the ISS, the Hague in The Netherlands, and in History from JNU in New Delhi.


Anh Nguyen, Chief of Mission, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission in Ukraine

Anh Nguyen joined IOM Ukraine in April 2019 assuming leadership of one of the largest IOM Missions in the region, with more than 370 staff and consultants working in Kyiv and six field offices, managing a diverse portfolio of projects in broad areas of migration management, that include conflict response and HDPN initiatives, counter-trafficking, border management, migration health and others.

He previously served as the Head of IOM’s Migrant Protection and Assistance Division at IOM Headquarters in Geneva where he was responsible for overseeing IOM’s global approach to migrant protection and assistance which includes programing on Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) and Assistance to Vulnerable Migrants (AVM).  AVM particularly addresses the issues of human trafficking, children, and marginalized and invisible migrant groups. Before to this, Anh was the Senior Regional Migrant Assistance Specialist for the IOM Regional Office for South-Eastern, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, based in Vienna, where he had policy oversight in programing related to migrant protection and assistance.  While posted in Ukraine from 2005 to 2011, as the IOM Deputy Chief of Mission and Senior Programme Coordinator, he managed IOM’s largest counter-trafficking programme and was instrumental in advancing the current IOM approach to combating human trafficking including work within the labour supply chains, as well as the Mission’s work on Border Management.

Anh holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and joins IOM with a background of director level positions for Pacific Gas and Electric Company based in California, USA and Altitude Software based in Lisbon, Portugal.