Policy Advisor – Young Refugees and Migrants
Ilona Pinter is the policy lead on asylum and immigration policy, focusing on unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, victims of trafficking and refugee and migrant families. Ilona is co-chair of the Refugee Children’s Consortium and sits on The Office of the Children’s Commissioner’s Asylum Advisory Board. She is a member of the project advisory board on undocumented migrant children at COMPAS, University of Oxford.
Before taking on the young refugees and migrants brief, Ilona covered youth justice policy. She has a particular interest in children’s rights, poverty, inequality, belonging and social representations of young people, and is passionate about working with the most disadvantaged groups of children and young people.
Prior to working at The Children’s Society, Ilona worked in policy at the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services and led on inequality and human rights work. Before this Ilona worked in public relations and advertising.
Her academic background is in social psychology and communications. She has written on the experiences of destitution among asylum-seeking and migrant children; on immigration detention; the impact of cuts to legal aid on children; and on the impact of racial discrimination on the social identities of Roma.
Areas of expertise
- Refugees and asylum seekers
- Children’s rights
Recent speaking engagements
- Keynote speaker at the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit Conference on unaccompanied asylum-seeking children
- Speaker at the UCL STAR event on destitution among asylum seekers
- Speaker at a London Destitution and Advice Network event
- Speaker at an Amnesty International event on children’s experiences of immigration detention