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Sarah Khan

Sarah Khan

Former civil servant with the United Nations




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Sarah currently a graduate student pursuing her Research LLM at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto and she is also a Graduate Scholar at the Dahdaleh Institute for
Global Health Research at York University and is pursuing her research LLM as one of the first
recipeints of the Dahdaleh Insitute Graduate Scholarship award. Her focus areas of research are protection of civilians in zones of violence and displacement.

Sarah previously worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for over 12
years as a senior protection officer and senior cluster coordinator. She has worked in areas of human rights, refugee, and international humanitarian law. In her work she supported the development of protection policies for UN/NGO humanitarian country teams; assisted governments with the development of legislation and policy related to internally displaced persons (IDP); designed capacity-building programs on international protection and displacement for armed actors and civil society; and coordinated
UN/NGO actors on inter-agency protection platforms. 

Her last position was as head of office in Northern Somalia. Prior to joining the United Nations she worked with various NGOs. Her work assignments have included various
places in Europe, Africa, North America and Asia, including, conflict situations such as,
Afghanistan, Libya, Myanmar, Syria and Somalia.

Sarah is a lawyer by training, with a BA LLB (Hons.) degree from the National Law School at India University and her first graduate degree was a Master of Arts in International relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in the United States.

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