Melissa Amisano


Melissa Amisano has committed to the forced displacement and migration cause since 2017, when she began her international professional career in the humanitarian sector. Melissa’s work has focused on protection from different perspectives, including training, capacity building, support to governments and field-experience in North Africa and Europe. Melissa is currently working for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tunisia as Refugee Status Determination Officer, with focus on gender-based violence and SOGIESC claims (sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics). She previously engaged with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Hungary as Coordinator for the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Project, in response to the Ukrainian emergency. Besides the UN experience, Melissa worked with the European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA) in Malta as Case Worker and Information Provision Officer and with the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL) in Italy, where she was Coordinator of the Department of International Refugee Law and Migration Law. In this capacity, Melissa operated as Liaison Officer with the UNHCR Global Learning and Development Centre (GLDC) in Hungary. Melissa holds a Master of Law in Sustainable Development from the Law Faculty of Milan, Italy, and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Sciences of Development and Cooperation from the University of Turin, Italy. Melissa was born in Italy and has Italian/Australian nationality.