Recent Graduate Working for UN in Afghanistan

Marguerite Roy, JD ’07, has been named Head of Office of the Northern Region (Mazar-e-Sharif) for the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA). She will also serve as the area security coordinator for the five northern provinces.

Marguerite Roy with the Russian helicopter crew who flew her to Mazar-e-Sharif.
Marguerite Roy with the Russian helicopter crew
who flew her to Mazar-e-Sharif.

The UNAMA was established in 2002 to support rebuilding and reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan. The mission assists with political and strategic advice, humanitarian and human rights efforts, development programs, and institution building, including those aimed at sound governance, law and order, and security. Working with UNAMA staff, regional leaders and other international agencies, Roy will plan, coordinate, and manage programs to assist with these efforts.

Roy previously worked for the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and the United Nations Development Programme in Albania. Among her other international experience, she also worked for Population Services International and for the Peace Corps in Senegal and Guinea, before deciding to pursue a law degree. At Washington University Law, she was a member of the 2005-07 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court team, participated in the Summer Institute for Global Justice in Utrecht, and enrolled in numerous international, humanitarian, and comparative law courses.

“My time at Washington University coupled with the ability to work and study abroad gave me the legal knowledge, skills, and credentials to continue my career in public international service,” Roy said. “While I am just beginning to learn what my job with UNAMA will entail, my role in Afghanistan offers an incredible opportunity to assist the country with rebuilding and reconciliation efforts.”