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Samuel Witten
Samuel Witten has an extensive background in international law, the development and implementation of corporate compliance programs, international dispute settlement, and international law enforcement cooperation.

Before joining Arnold & Porter LLP, he served in the U.S. Department of State for 22 years, including 19 years in the Office of the Legal Adviser where he was Deputy Legal Adviser from 2001-2007. He also held three senior State Department foreign policy positions, including Acting Assistant Secretary of State, where he managed the State Department's international refugee assistance programs and the resettlement of refugees into the United States.

Mr. Witten is the President of the Washington Foreign Law Society, a nonprofit group that advances understanding of international law and foreign affairs, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Women's Refugee Commission and the Board of Advocates of Human Right First.

Blog Entries by Samuel Witten

Untapped Potential: Refugee Youth in the City

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 4:55 PM

The presence of hundreds of thousands of displaced Syrians, including countless vulnerable youth, is one of the most familiar -- and challenging -- aspects of the current Syrian refugee crisis. Most of these displaced youth are living in cities and towns in often desperate conditions, where a very different humanitarian...

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A Priceless Investment: Protecting and Empowering Adolescent Refugee Girls

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 2:56 PM

This year's International Women's Day theme is "Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures." On this day, we think of the many adolescent girls and other young women we have met in countries torn apart by armed conflict who somehow, against the most staggering odds, are working to create better lives for themselves.

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Skills to Survive: Providing Refugee Women the Right to Work

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2011 | 11:17 AM

December 10 is the anniversary of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and commemorated around the world today as "Human Rights Day." As a former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State responsible for refugee programs, I view this day as a particularly important opportunity to reflect on the need...

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Lives in the Balance: No Time to Waste in the Horn of Africa

(1) Comments | Posted August 23, 2011 | 11:53 AM

The images from the Horn of Africa are haunting. We remember vividly the misery that hung over the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya when we visited in 2008 and 2009. Even then, the camps were overcrowded, underserved and unsafe -- especially for women and girls. Now we read that

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