Robert Andrew Painter is a Staff Attorney with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Immigrant Rights Program in Newark, New Jersey, where he represents non-citizens who are in removal proceedings before federal immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and administrative agencies.  Prior to joining AFSC, Andrew worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for 20 years, with postings and deployments in the United States, Switzerland, Ethiopia, Colombia, and elsewhere.  With UNHCR, he worked on a range of refugee issues, including detention of asylum-seekers, determination of refugee status, trafficking and smuggling, and protection of unaccompanied children.  Since leaving UNHCR in 2018, Andrew has taught graduate studies at the New School in New York City on international refugee law and practice and was a Practitioner in Residence at the New School's Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. He joined AFSC in April 2019.  Andrew received his undergraduate degree from Haverford College, a law degree from New York University School of Law, and a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.