UNHCR Regional Representative in the United States and the Caribbean
Vincent Cochetel is the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' (UNHCR) Regional Representative for the United States and the Caribbean, based in Washington, DC. Cochetel joined UNHCR in 1986, initially working as a legal/protection officer in various duty stations, mainly in Eastern and Western Europe. He then managed UNHCR field offices in Central Europe, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Cochetel participated in several emergency missions in Asia, West Africa and Europe (North Caucasus). In September 2002, he was appointed at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva as director of the Investigation Unit of the Inspector General's Office. In May 2005, he became Deputy Director of UNHCR's Division of International Protection Services and was appointed in May 2006 as Director of the Resettlement Service. Before joining UNHCR, Cochetel worked for two years with the European Commission of the European Communities and then for the European Court of Human Rights as a legal adviser. Cochetel has written articles on numerous refugee issues and contributed to the drafting of several UNHCR training manuals related to staff safety, emergency management, protection and durable solutions. Cochetel graduated from the Law Faculty of Tours (France), Paris II and Paris XI universities.